Characters: SpongeBob SquarePants
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Debut: "Help Wanted"
An outgoing sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, as the show's Theme Tune
implies. Works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab. Although not very bright, he has a good heart and constantly strives to help his friends...even when they don't really want
- Achievements in Ignorance: In "House Sittin' for Sandy", he spends quite a while in Sandy's treedome without a helmet and manages not to dry up until Patrick visits and reminds him that the treedome is filled with air.
- Adaptational Badass: In some of the Video Games.
- Adorkable: He comes off as this for his good heart and cheerful, naive personality.
- Also his occasional thick-rimmed glasses and his nerdier traits (especially in the first season) like pulling out a textbook when he first sees Sandy.
- Not to mention that his hobbies include bubble-blowing, jellyfishing, reading superhero comics, bedtime stories, and playing in giant cardboard boxes.
- Alliterative Name: Spongebob Squarepants.
- All-Loving Hero: No matter how much the others find him annoying or treat him badly, Spongebob genuinely loves everyone and everything.
- Ambiguously Gay: Parents made a big controversy of his sexuality after the movie and the episode where he raises an Oyster with Patrick. The writers have since said that he's canonically asexual, though they do slip in a few lines containing some Homoerotic Subtext. It gets more and more exaggerated as the show goes on.
- And Call Him George: His attitude towards Squidward, Mrs. Puff, Gary, Barnacle Boy... everyone in Bikini Bottom at some point or the other.
- Annoying Laugh: Sounds like a sheep's bleating.
- Signature Laugh: It's annoying, but so much a part of his character that it alone is enough for one to recognize him.
- Asexual: Stephen Hillenburg plays around with this quite a bit. He mentions that Spongebob is asexual, but since actual sponges usually (though not always) reproduce by budding, he could be referring to the biological aspect only. Because there's little indication in-series that he's ever attracted to anyone, he might be asexual in orientation as well.
- Mentions that he has a crush on Sandy could mean one of four things: he is asexual but heteroromantic note , demisexual, biologically asexual but heterosexual in terms of orientation, or...it's simply Ship Tease, an accepted staple of any show.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: His attention can be limited and he's prone to distraction.
Squidward: Attention, everyone, run for your lives! Robots have taken over the world! Our world! What do we do now?!
Spongebob: I don't know!! ... Hey, a nickel!
- Badass Adorable: He's an Adorkable little guy who's saved the day a couple of times. And he's a master of karate.
- Berserk Button: Do not, and I repeat do not take advantage of his hospitality more than needed. Squidward learnt this the hard way.
- And don't hurt his friends either; even if you're Eugene Krabs.
- Beware the Nice/Silly Ones: He's a very kind-hearted and sweet-natured guy, but as shown in "Can You Spare a Dime", when he gets mad, he gets scary.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The little to Patrick's big.
- Break the Cutie: Subverted in "Fools in April," played straight in "Have You Seen This Snail?" and others.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his weirdness and frequent wacky antics, Spongebob is very good at his job and loves it so much that he'll gladly take any opportunity to do more work.
- Burger Fool: Subverted. He loves his job and people come from all over to eat his Krabby Patties.
- Butt Monkey/Iron Buttmonkey/The Chew Toy: When he's not the one causing the abuse.
- If an episode focuses solely on Spongebob (Picture Day and Blackened Sponge, for example) something bad is almost certain to happen to him.
- Camp Straight: Whenever he cross-dresses or has to act like a girl, he seems to enjoy it very much, as well as having a pretty girly giggle. Despite this, there have been hints that he has a crush on Sandy, a girl.
- Captain Oblivious: Taken Up to Eleven in "A Pal for Gary," in which, even after seeing Puffy Fluffy's monstrous true form firsthand and nearly being eaten by him, he fails to notice anything amiss.
- Catchphrase: "I'm ready!"
- Character Title: And the main character of the show.
- Chaste Toons: In one of the comics, he has three nephews.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Considerably so, though Depending on the Writer, he can on rare occasions play the role of Only Sane Man.
- Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder: To Patrick. He's not the sharpest knife in the box himself, but he's certainly more level-headed than his best friend.
- Comical Overreacting: To levels just avoiding Drama Queen.
- Comic Trio: The Leader to Patrick's The Fool and Squidward's Only Sane Man.
- Competition Freak: Depending on the Writer, Spongebob has a rather Serious Business attitude about games, he once became paranoid about Squidward winning Employee Of The Month, and took sandcastle building with Patrick to its most surreal.
- Though be warned. He can be a Jerk Ass when he wants to be.
- Covert Pervert: If he, along with Patrick and Mr. Krabs, tries to steal panties from a woman's house in Mid-Life Crustacean is anything to go by.
- Cuddle Bug: He loves cuddling, much to Squidward's chagrin.
- The Cutie: Most of the time, anyway. In later seasons he's waltzing into Jerkass Ball territory more often than not.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as Squidward, but he has his moments mostly in the pre-first movie seasons.
- Detached Sleeves: Rare male example. Probably not intentional (they supposed to be part of his shirt, apparently), but due to his Abnormal Limb Rotation Range, they're not actually attached to his shirt. During the few times his "square pants" and shirt are torn off, he keeps the sleeves.
- Determinator: He may be a pushover most of the time, but nothing will stop him doing his duty for the Krusty Krab, whether it's delivering a pizza or saving his boss from execution.
- The Dog Bites Back: To Squidward in "Can You Spare A Dime?" It doesn't last long though.
- The Dragon: Unwitting one to Mr Krabs.
- The Ditz: More so as the series progresses.
- Genius Ditz: He can flip burgers to suit a royal palate! A running gag is that he's also great at math, and artistically inclined. If he focuses, he can be really smart.
- In a post-movie episode, he was asked to dismantle a car and then put it back together. He ended up building a functional rocket ship. His teacher was amazed.
- Drives Like Crazy: Probably the king of this trope in Western Animation. In early episodes, he states that he does know how to drive, but he always ends up panicking behind the wheel and cannot concentrate. Due to Flanderization, it deteriorates to the point where, whenever he gets behind the wheel, he's a Driving Disaster Area
- However, a recent, post-movie episode that did not involve boating school featured him driving a truck WITHOUT A LICENSE and WITHOUT problem.
- In "Pizza Delivery," he drives a giant rock, and he drives a giant sandwich in the movie. Apparently he can drive anything but a boat!
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: When training Gary for the Snail Olympics, he puts Gary through Boot Camp training. This shows he does indeed have a serious side when things get real.
- Epic Fail: Poor guy managed to get fired five times in one day.
- Not mention, failing to get your boating license, even in your dreams!
- Extreme Doormat: Has shades of this, particularly around peers such as Mr. Krabs, often making him a convenient patsy. Occasional stories show him attempt to gain abrasive skills, only to decide he is happy being "aggressively nice". And it's almost impossible for him to say no to Sandy.
- Failure Is the Only Option: He can never get his boating license. Ever. Not even in his dreams!
- Famed in Story: Depending on the Writer, he is often portrayed as a local celebrity for being the Krusty Krab's frycook.
- Flanderization: After season 3, he gravitated steadily towards the role of The Fool.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: When the series began he was fairly intelligent but incredibly naive and childlike; in the later episodes he is barely smarter than pre-first movie Patrick. In any case, Patrick still makes him look like a genius by comparison.
- The Fool: Mostly in later seasons.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine.
- Fragile Flower: He's a crybaby. He cries all the time. He even mentions in one episode that he cried for twenty minutes after stubbing his toe.
- The Gadfly: Certain episodes imply that he will sometimes act deliberately annoying when his life is in danger, so his captors will release him- such as "Welcome to the Chum Bucket," "Spongebob Meets the Strangler," and "Born Again Krabs." He manages to drive Plankton, a serial killer, and the Flying Dutchman insane enough to allow him to escape safely.
- Good with Numbers: He's good at math. When Squidward asks him for change for a bill, he replies with this:
Spongebob: Do you want four quarters? Or ten dimes? Or twenty nickels? Or one hundred pennies? Or one quarter, three dimes, seven nickels, and ten pennies? Or, if you give me a five dollar bill, your options are...
- Healing Factor: Being a sponge, he can regenerate lost limbs. This is exemplified in an episode where he removes an arm and a new one pops up in its place. He then removes his other one, and the process repeats until he has a wall of arms holding arms.
- Said episode involved a scary story about a clumsy fry cook who cut off his own hand. Spongebob began repeatedly removing his arm and regrowing it to get an idea of what it was like, not seeing what was so scary about it.
Squidward: Except he wasn't a sponge.
Squidward: So it didn't grow back!
- Strangely enough, he can even regenerate his internal organs as well. Because of this, he could theoretically be a good organ donor.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Patrick.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Especially with regards to Mr. Krabs. He also thinks that Squidward is a good friend of his and that Mrs. Puff is a nice teacher willing to help him, when in reality, both of them hate him to the point of insanity and want nothing more than to be rid of him.
- Hot-Blooded: Especially when it comes to fry cooking.
- Hypocritical Humor: Anytime he is forced to put up with someone as obnoxious and clingy as himself, he will become as irritable and neurotic about their lack of consideration as Squidward does about him.
- In one episode, he encountered a girl who looked exactly like him and he referred to her as "ugly" behind her back.
- Idiot Hero: One of Western Animation's most iconic examples. Although in the earlier seasons he was more of a naive Cloud Cuckoolander than an Idiot Hero.
- Idiot Houdini: To the point when he gets away with making Squidward and Mrs. Puff's lives a living hell.
- Also, an example being in a short that involves Mrs. Puff trying to cover "Boat Smarts". Being the reckless driver he is, Spongebob causes a crash, and a big accident on the road. Instead of apologizing or feeling bad, he chastises Squidward and Mrs. Puff, claims they forgot their boat smarts, and drives off laughing without punishment.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Simply injecting himself with DNA from one of Spongebob's tears was enough to make Plankton pull a Heel-Face Turn, and his heart is so pure that he's immune to jerktonium (a chemical which turns people into jerks.)
- Innocent Blue Eyes: He has an innocence about him.
- Innocently Insensitive: All though SpongeBob means well, he unintentionally ruins other peoples' lives. Just ask Squidward or his boating school teacher Mrs. Puff. At worst, his behavior can also cross under Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist territory.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: He wears his heart on his sleeve, cries openly and very often, has some effeminate mannerisms, and has been shown wearing women's clothing several times. There's also the fact that he apparently owns a lot of women's clothing and make-up in the first place. Patrick mocks him for this in "I'm With Stupid," saying, "Do you have any mascara I could borrow?"
- Jerkass Ball: He's still a nice guy, but he does have his moments of being a huge prick in the post-movie seasons, especially in the infamous episode "A Pal For Gary," when he acts like a complete jerk to Gary, even after Gary saved his ungrateful life!.
- Keet: He's small, cute, cheerful and exuberant.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: The large majority of times, he at least means well, anyway.
- Kindhearted Snail Lover: His pet snail, Gary.
- The Kirk: More rational than Patrick; still not as level-headed as Squidward or even Mr. Krabs.
- Large Ham: One has to assume that Spongebob's taken drama lessons at some point or another, because overdramatizing is his specialty. He can be more reserved when he wants to be, but it's usually hard for him to go a full episode without lapsing into this at some point.
- Lethally Stupid: His relentless stupidity has driven many people (mainly Squidward and Mrs.Puff) borderline, if not completely, insane.
- Made of Iron: Depends on the episode. Spongebob can take a lot of pain, and he just shrugs it off or regenerates.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He seems to be practically impossible to kill at times (he can regrow internal organs). In fact, only when he suffers from a very painful situation such as launching himself onto an island made of spikes or being caught in the demolition of a high tower does he not regenerate near-instantly from his injuries.
- Man Child: He's old enough to hold down a job and live on his own, but is so immature and goofy that he's been referred to as a kid on multiple occasions.
- Married to the Job: He's very devoted to his job at the Krusty Krab.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Sandy's Masculine Girl.
- Me's a Crowd: Sometimes after being cut into pieces, those pieces form miniature Spongebobs.
- Minion with an F in Evil: To Mr. Krabs sometimes, and in the episode "Welcome to the Chum Bucket" to Plankton.
- Motor Mouth: Tends to talk really fast and rapidly when he's very excited, much to the annoyance of other people.
- Mr. Imaaaaginaaation: He provides the page quote. Another example (though it doesn't spell it out as clearly) is an episode where Spongebob manages to have lots of fun with only a piece of paper Squidward discarded. When Squidward tries, he can't do any of the things with the piece of paper Spongebob did, probably because he has no imagination.
- Mundane Made Awesome: In "Procrastination", when writing an essay, he makes the pencil fall like a toppling airplane against the sheet of paper and begins writing rapidly while shouting "Yeah!" When he's finished, he lets go of the pencil which fumes from the use of it, then it turns out he just wrote "The" in a very artistic way.
- Neat Freak: In contrast to his friend Patrick.
- Nice Guy: Almost absurdly nice, on a good day: he's a borderline doormat sometimes. Most of the time.
- Nice Mean And In Between: He's so nice it hurts. Most of the time.
- No Indoor Voice: Whenever he gets excited or hyped up about something.
- No Sense of Personal Space: As Squidward says in one episode: "Spongebob, do you remember that little talk we had about personal space?"
- No Social Skills: Frequently laps into this territory.
- Nosy Neighbor: Towards Squidward (see above).
- Older Than They Look: He's a grown adult in his twenties (his driver's license, when seen, says he was born on July 14th, 1986) but with his freckled dimpled cheeks, high-pitched voice, big blue eyes, naive demeanor, long eyelashes, and short stature, he easily passes for an actual child.
- Obliviously Evil: Not technically "evil," but he fails to realize the hell he puts Squidward through.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Several episodes do show him acting serious and even competent, suggesting that he can choose to be smart anytime he wants.
- One-Note Cook: Spongebob can make excellent Krabby Patties, sometimes it's the only thing he can make. He doesn't even know what a "salad" is in an early episode and the concept of just lettuce and tomato shocked him.
- The One Who Wears Shoes: With the exception of Sandy, and even then, she takes them off in her Treedome. In one early episode, it's implied he's been wearing shoes since before he was born.
- Papa Wolf: To Gary, his pet snail.
- Also shows up when he's left to care for a bunch of baby worms.
- Ping Pong Naïveté: Is capable of surprising bouts of resourcefulness and wisdom and can even play the Straight Man on occasion, but can never figure out that half the town wants him to leave them alone.
- The Pollyanna: He's always cheerful and positive, no matter what.
- The Power of Rock: Crowning Moment of Awesome in The Movie, along with episodes like "Ripped Pants," "Band Geeks," and "Hello Bikini Bottom."
- The Protagonist: The main character of the show.
- Punch Clock Villain: Played With, he willingly works for Mr. Krabs, or rather, just the job itself, but he only occasionally does malicious things. Such as not actually killing a health inspector, or feeding people spoiled food.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Squidward's blue.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at him!
- Rubber Man: He can stretch his limbs towards great lengths & put himself together after being cut into pieces.
- Sarcasm-Blind: Whenever Squidward delivers sarcastic remarks at him, he never seems to notice.
- Selective Obliviousness: He just cannot seem to comprehend the obvious fact that not only is Squidward not his best friend, but in fact hates him to the point of madness. Even though Squidward has flat-out told SpongeBob to his face that he can't stand him on at least one occasion.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Patrick's Manly Man.
- Serious Business: He once cried because he arrived at the Krusty Krab one minute late.
- Ship Tease: There's a lot with Sandy, for example whenever they're at the beach, his attempts to impress her are usually what create the plot.
- Sickly Neurotic Geek: He has the tendency to start wheezing loudly when he gets too excited about something. Krabs also implied in one episode that he takes allergy medication.
- Small Annoying Creature: Especially if you ask Squidward.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Depending on the Writer.
- Small Taxonomy Pools: Why he was made a sponge, an animal rarely mentioned in media.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Spongebob's strength varies from episode to episode. Some episodes depict him as so weak he couldn't even lift a straw, other depict him lifting a mailbox straight off its hinges. This also applies to his skills in karate; at times he can fight Sandy evenly or even beat her with ease, while at other times he's incompetent to the point where Sandy literally kicks him around like a football.
- The Southpaw: He is said to be left-handed or ambidextrous, some episodes you can see him using his left hand to flip patties.
- In "I Was A Teenage Gary," he says that he's a leftie, but he claims to be ambidextrous in "You Don't Know Sponge." He probably has a preference for his left hand.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Can understand snails.
- Species Forename: Part of his full forename.
- Sphere Eyes: He has them.
- Stalker Without a Crush: On Squidward.
- Stepford Smiler: Some episodes imply that he's one.
- Stone Wall: Depicted as one in "The Bully," where he took punches to the head for an entire week without any damage, until his assailant passed out from exhaustion. Of course, another episode stated that he cried for 20 minutes after stubbing his toe, so this largely depends on Rule of Funny.
- Super Speed: As the Quickster in Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V.
- Tender Tears: He cries when bad things happen to other people. At one point, he got tearful when he saw a snail stuck in a tree.
- Too Dumb to Live: At his worst.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: See Ungrateful Bastard below:
- The episode "Demolition Doofus". While his injuring Mrs. Puff was an accident, he takes the level when he shows absolutely no remorse whatsoever for his actions, and makes jokes about her situation instead of apologizing. Mrs. Puff, however, wasn't any better during this incident however.
- Truly Single Parent: Spongebob, like real sponges, displayed the capacity for asexual reproduction in "Pressure", though the new Spongebobs were gone by the next scene.
- Turn the Other Cheek: Case in point: no matter how heinous Mr. Krabs' actions are or how badly he is treated, SpongeBob will always forgive him by the end of the episode.
- Ungrateful Bastard: In "A Pal For Gary". Throughout the whole episode, he has blamed Gary for Puffy Fluffy's actions, cumulating in scolding Gary when the snail is clearly about to be eaten by the now-monstrous Puffy Fluffy. Puffy puts Gary down and starts eating Spongebob, and Gary (who has NO REASON WHATSOEVER to help Spongebob, at this point) bravely comes to the rescue, acting like a cowboy and whipping Puffy to knock Spongebob out of his mouth and drive him away. How does Spongebob reward this act of heroism? He tries to get Puffy Fluffy back, but after that fails, he scolds Gary AGAIN, completely ignoring the fact that the snail just saved his ungrateful life!
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Zigzagged. His behavior can sometimes go beyond Innocently Insensitive. Sometimes in episodes when he pesters and causes pain to the other characters (Boat Smarts, Good Neighbors, A Pal For Gary, etc), and we're supposed to root for him.
- Vague Age: Subverted, in a dream when he got his driver's licence it has the birth date July 12th 1986, meaning Spongebob is 28. Though, that doesn't really explain how he has over 300 employee of the month awards or how he failed the drivers test over one million times.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice has gotten a lot higher in later episodes.
- Why Did It Have To Be Clowns?: Apparently, Spongebob is seriously afraid of clowns, as the only reason he summoned all of Bikini Bottom to his Pineapple in the episode "Rodeo Daze" was to save Sandy from the clowns at the rodeo.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Luckily for him, though, his idealism usually makes things work out for him.
- Workaholic: At one point, Mr. Krabs's forcing him to take a vacation nearly caused him to go insane. In "The Splinter," he frantically tries to avoid being sent home early. In "Suds," he drags himself to work, despite being so sick that he can barely stand or keep his eyes open and he's sneezing constantly. Despite insisting that he is okay (punctuated by a loud sneeze,) Mr Krabs sends the guy home so he can rest.
- And this exchange from "Graveyard Shift" says it all:
Mr. Krabs: From now on the Krusty Krab is open 24 hours a day.
Spongebob: Wooow! Now we never have to stop working!
- Yes-Man: Has become this towards his boss.
Voiced by: Bill Fagerbakke
Debut: "Help Wanted"
A not-quite-bright starfish and Spongebob's best friend
- Accidental Truth: In the episode "Patrick-Man!", he started attacking patrons at the Krusty Krab, believing that one of them was a supervillain in disguise. When Mr. Krabs is about to throw him out, it turns out that the Dirty Bubble was in fact there in disguise.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: All the freakin' time.
- Acrofatic: He's pretty quick and nimble for a fat guy, though, it depends.
- Adipose Rex: In "Rule of Dumb".
- Adorkable: In earlier seasons.
- Ambiguous Disorder: There's often the implication that Patrick has genuine mental problems in addition to just being extremely stupid. Just see Ax-Crazy below.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Played With, sometimes he's easily distracted, and sometimes nothing distracts him.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: When he's disguised as Patricia in "That's No Lady", every male in Bikini Bottom is attracted to him.
- Ax-Crazy: In "Valentine's Day" and "Nature Pants".
- Believing Their Own Lies: In "I'm With Stupid," he made a plan with SpongeBob to have SpongeBob pretend to be stupid for Patrick's parents so Patrick would look smarter by comparison. Somewhere along the way, he began to think that SpongeBob really was stupid and that he himself was a genius.
- Berserk Button: In the first three seasons, Patrick would go a rampage if anything greatly upset him. Examples include being the only person who didn't get a gift from Spongebob on Valentine's Day, Spongebob living with the jellyfish, and being called "Tubby".
- Beware the Silly Ones: Seriously, he can go from being delightfully silly one moment to being an Ax-Crazy psycho the next.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The big to Spongebob's little.
- Big Eater: Throughout the series.
- Big Fun: Patrick is a funny, lovable fat guy.
- Bumbling Sidekick: And considering whose sidekick he is, it's an accomplishment.
- Butt Monkey: At times.
- Childhood Brain Damage: It is often suggested that Patrick's stupidity is the result of frequent head injuries. In "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost", Patrick mentions that he knows a lot about head injuries, then spaces out mid sentence. In "Big Pink Loser", Spongebob tries to discourage Patrick from mimicking him by hitting himself with a hammer, to which Patrick responds, "I've been doing this way before I started copying you."
- Comic Trio: The Fool to SpongeBob's The Leader and Squidward's Only Sane Man.
- Covert Pervert: If he, along with Spongebob and Mr. Krabs, tries to steal panties from a woman's house in Mid-Life Crustacean is anything to go by.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: For an idiot, Patrick may come off as this sometimes, mostly during some of his antagonistic roles.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the earlier episodes.
- In later episodes he tries to be snarky, but is ultimately too dumb to pull it off.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: In "Rule of Dumb," when he becomes the king of Bikini Bottom, he becomes a ruthless despot who believes he has the right to take and do whatever he wants.
- Destructive Savior: In the episode "Patrick-Man!", he tries to fight the Dirty Bubble, but in the process he completely destroys the Krusty Krab and only defeats the Bubble through sheer dumb luck.
- Deuteragonist: In The Movie, with Spongebob as The Protagonist.
- Diabolus Ex Machina: Occasionally starting in season 7.
- Disguised in Drag: When he thought a salesman was threatening his life, he, with Spongebob's help, disguised himself as a girl named Patricia. Cue every other male in Bikini Bottom (especially Squidward and Mr. Krabs) falling for him.
- The Ditz: He makes Spongebob look intelligent.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Occasionally.
- One such instance has him beating out Sandy in coming up with a plan.
- In earlier episodes, Patrick tended to be the one to suggest that Squidward didn't like him and Spongebob. Spongebob, naturally found such a notion unthinkable.
- Dumb Muscle: He has been shown on a few occasions to be fairly strong, though this is especially prominent in the games.
- Evil Counterpart: To Spongebob in "The Fry Cook Games".
- Exposed Animal Bellybutton: He provides the trope's page image.
- Fat Bastard: At his worst, mostly in later episodes.
- Fat Best Friend: To Spongebob.
- Fat Idiot: Fat? Check. Idiot? Check.
- Fat Slob: If "The Battle of Bikini Bottom" is to be believed.
- Flanderization: Patrick started out quite dim, however as the series progressed Patrick became dumber and dumber until it became the vehicle for all his appearances.
- The Fool: Along with Spongebob.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Only wears a pair of shorts.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Spongebob.
- Healing Factor: He can regenerate his arms in the unlikely case that they get severed.
- Innocently Insensitive: Like SpongeBob, he can often be simply oblivious to and ignorant of how his behavior affects others. At times, the "innocent" part gets a little dubious.
- Idiot Houdini and Karma Houdini: Often gets away with the things he screws up. The most notable moment is in I'm With Stupid, when he lets Spongebob pretend he was stupid to impress his parents, but then he went too far and actually believed Spongebob really WAS stupid. This causes the sponge to run off in a rage...and Patrick gets away with it.
- Jerkass: On occasion Depending on the Writer, though as usual this was emphasized more due to Flanderization in later episodes.
- Kindhearted Simpleton / Nice Guy: Mostly in the pre-movie seasons.
- Lack of Empathy: At his worst (at his best he's just too dumb to know any better).
- The Lancer: To Spongebob's The Hero.
- Large Ham: Moreso in earlier episodes, but still somewhat in later ones.
- Lazy Bum: In contrast to the hard-working Spongebob.
- Lethally Stupid: Whenever he shows up in newer episodes, it's almost guaranteed everything will go horribly wrong.
- Love Hungry: See Ax-Crazy above; he has a tendency to react badly when under the impression that his friendship with SpongeBob is in jeopardy.
- Made of Iron: Just like Spongebob, there isn't alot of things in the series that can put him in the hospital.
- The McCoy: With Squidward as The Spock and Spongebob as The Kirk.
- Man Child: Patrick is an adult and he's almost as childish as Spongebob, if not more.
- Manipulative Bastard: This is often how Spongebob goes along in one of his schemes. An example would be the episode in which Squidward accidentally swallowed his reed. Spongebob was told to watch the submarine, and Patrick asked him if he looked after it from the inside as well.
- The Millstone: Whenever SpongeBob or anyone has a plan, Patrick is sure to screw it up, or do something stupid to make it worse.
- Neet: Does not have a job.
- Nice Mean And In Between: The in-between, at least in earlier seasons, where he wasn't as overly affectionate as SpongeBob but also wasn't as snide as Squidward. Later seasons, however, and even some earlier episodes, show that Patrick can be plenty mean in his own right.
- The Noseless: He doesn't have a visible nose, though he's been portrayed as having nostrils on occasion.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Possibly. Some people suspect that Patrick is not really stupid, but a sociopath who does stupid and often assholish things on purpose just because he knows his low intelligence (or facade of it) will keep him from punishment. In "The Card" he even says "You can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up. Keep you on your toes."
- Parental Neglect: In "Rock a Bye Bivalve," he repeatedly refuses to help the baby scallop. Though that in his eyes seems to be a traditional father figure.
- Poisonous Friend: For example, Patrick was willing to assault Spongebob's kindly grandmother to keep him from being teased by others.
- Another episode called Ghoul Fools showed that Patrick was willing to sacrifice Spongebob because he "lived a full life." This was actually lampshaded by Lord Poltergeist, who says sarcastically "Great friend you got there."
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Less so than Spongebob, but he's still chubby, pink, and cute-looking. He also has purple eyelids and flowered swimming trunks.
- Rubber Man: As the Elastic Waistband in Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Spongebob's Sensitive Guy.
- Simpleton Voice: Even his voice sounds stupid.
- Snark Ball: Often.
- The Sociopath: In "The Card" he says "You can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up. Keep you on your toes." This means that all his stupidity and jerkass behavior was done on purpose. He has become completely blind to the fact that his actions could affect those around him. He has even cried more at the loss of possessions then he ever has whenever he thinks one of his friends has died.
- Species Surname: Patrick Star is a starfish.
- Stock Sound Effects: His Big Eater moments are often punctuated by the sound of a Hoover vacuum cleaner.
- Stout Strength: He's overweight but still quite strong.
- Straw Loser: Spongebob is a often a brainless irritance to others, when paired alongside the even dumber Patrick however, he can often come off as vaguely competent and level headed.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Typically, he's strong enough to lift and throw things as heavy as a Dumpster with ease, but in "Krusty Krushers," he couldn't even tear a piece of paper in half and got a paper cut trying to do so.
- Super Strength: At times, he is able to throw boulders as if they were pebbles & break through steel walls.
- On at least one occasion, he actually managed to overpower Sandy.
- Sweet Tooth: Because he is a starfish, he loves to eat ice cream and many other junk foods.
- Temporarily a Villain: At his worst.
- Too Dumb to Live: At times, like when he forgets how to breathe.
- Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: In "Big Pink Loser," he's shown needing to actually be talked through the simplest tasks, such as sweeping floors or opening jars.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: He becomes much dumber in later seasons.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Even more so than Spongebob. The prime example? The episode "Rule Of Dumb".
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In post-season episodes, Depending on the Writer.
- Vague Age: He's apparently old enough to live on his own and have a job, but is childish to the point where everyone, including himself, refers to him as a kid. However, there are several episodes where Spongebob proves that he is capable of acting his age. And unlike Spongebob, his driver's license never revealed his date of birth, though it's assumed that he's around his late 20's like Spongebob is.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice has gotten quite a lot deeper in later episodes. Almost to a creepy extent, he used to sound like a goofball, and now he sounds a tad thuggish.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Fan Disservice.
- Why Did It Have To Be Spiders: In one episode, he starts smashing Spongebob with his house in his sleep, screaming "SPIDERRRS!"
Squidward Quincy Tentacles
Voiced by: Rodger Bumpass
Debut: "Help Wanted"
A cranky perfectionist squid/octopus. Works as a cashier at the Krusty Krab, and is Spongebob and Patrick's neighbor, much to his chagrin.
- Accidental Truth: In "Funny Pants," after getting annoyed by Spongebob's non-stop laughing to a joke, Squidward tells him that if he doesn't give it a break, he'll blow out his "laugh box" and never be able to laugh again. In the end, he reveals the trick to Spongebob and laughs over it, finding out the hard way that laugh boxes are real.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Hated, avoided, mistreated, and sometimes even assaulted by people in Bikini Bottom, sometimes for no reason.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Double Subverted, some squids and octopi look blue, but it's often because of water tint.
- Animals Hate Him: At times. SpongeBob even implies in "The Thing" that Gary actually attacks him.
- Annoying Laugh: A very honky sounding one due to his nose.
- Anti-Hero: At best.
- Anti-Villain: Depending on the Writer
- Attention Whore: To ridiculous levels.
- Born Unlucky: Nothing ever goes right for him; he is injured, humiliated and/or driven insane almost every episode.
- Break the Haughty: Often happens to him. The most subtle example must be the episode in which Squidward tries moving to a town of inhabitants who are just like him...only to end up so bored that he flips out. Naturally, the town haughtily expels him.
- Brilliant but Lazy: It is implied that Squidward would have genuine talent if he wasn't completely sapped of any passion. In "A Breath Of Fresh Squidward" an electric shock alters Squidward's brain and makes him as devoted and high spirited an employee as Spongebob, and actually ruins Spongebob's Employee Of The Month winning streak. Similarly Squidward often goes from a hack to a somewhat plausible musician when in a satisfactory mood.
- It's also shown that he has a decent talent in different art styles, and he could make a name for himself with these if it weren't for the fact that they're all of him. Also there's his Butt Monkey and Chew Toy status, especially in later episodes.
- He also has unusual skills, like being a surprisingly good construction worker. In one episode he rebuilds Spongebob's entire house.
- Burger Fool: You can literally see his dreams of being an artist die in his eyes in each episode.
- Butt Monkey: He almost always on the butt end of the Amusing Injuries stick.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Thankfully, like Spongebob, he's pretty much near indestructible. Being exploded, run over, hit with doors, having his toenail ripped off and being gored multiple times he's still alive.
- Camp: Into fancy towel robes, flowers, tea, painting, and playing clarinet, he's definitely got this going for him.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Suberted, he can tell a joke, but his monotonous deadpan tone makes it not really work
- Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: In "Squidsville", towards Spongebob.
- Cartoon Creature: There's squids, there's octopi and then there's... his species.
- Word of God says he's an octopus (though with the number of tentacles a squid has), but the name "Octoward" wasn't near as good.
- Catch Phrase: "I can't believe I'm saying this/never thought I'd say this, but..."
- He also has his little tune of "La da dee, la da do, la da dum" in the post-film series.
- The Chew Toy: Subverted, again, he's widely considered to be the most sympathetic character on the show and many people just want to see him succeed once.
- The Comically Serious: Having a rather serious person in the wonderfully wacky world of this show can be funny, though with how sociopathic the Spongebob world has become it loses its humor.
- Comic Trio: The Only Sane Man to SpongeBob's The Leader and Patrick's The Fool.
- Cosmic Plaything: The whole universe seems to be against Squidward, as there are several episodes dedicated to making him suffer in various ways.
- Cranky Neighbor: Justified, living next-door to a guy who won't leave you alone can drive a man to this.
- Deadpan Snarker: BIG TIME.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In the campfire episode, Squidward does all the things that Spongebob and Patrick told him not to do to attract a sear bear. The sea bear arrives. It does not end well for Squidward.
- Dirty Coward: When things are looking bad, he'll just run away. Though, it's hard not to sympathize with how messed up the world around him is.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In "Fools in April," he gets irritated with SpongeBob pulling April Fools pranks on people and pulls one of his own on him. Of course, SpongeBob's pranks were playful and completely harmless, like putting one ice cube in a customer's drink when said customer asked for a couple, while Squidward's prank was physically painful and just plain cruel. He realizes this only after the damage is done.
- Doesn't Like Being Touched: Especially when Spongebob does it.
- Dreadful Musician: Squidward loves his clarinet. But it doesn't seem to love him.
- Zig-zagged. In some episodes, he's decent, even actually pretty good.
- Dub Name Change: Called "Ikardo Tentacles" in Japanese, with "ika" being the Japanese for "squid".
- The German dub calls him "Thaddäus Tentakel". His friends call him Thaddel.
- He is called "Lula Molusco" in Brazil.
- In Spain he is called Calamardo.
- The Eeyore: Downplayed in earlier episodes where he still had some hope of success, but played up more in later episodes to a rather depressing degree.
- Enemy to All Living Things: His plants aren't that fond of him either.
- Enraged By Idiocy: With how stupid Spongebob and Patrick have become, it's fairly easy to understand.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Although not really evil, Squidward is a notorious Jerkass who hates SpongeBob with a passion. Even so, he was absolutely disgusted when Mr. Krabs sold SpongeBob's soul to the Flying Dutchman for pocket change.
- Everything Is Squishier With Cephalopods: He's an octopus... with six tentacles.
- Exotic Eye Designs: He has rectangular red pupils.
- Expy: Word of God once commented that Squidward was the "Mr. Wilson of the show."
- The Finicky One: Big time, bigger time in the later episodes.
- Flanderization: In many of the newer episodes, his Butt Monkey status has become flat out Disproportionate Retribution.
- He's also become less grouchy and more openly hostile, sometimes even physically attacking Spongebob.
- Can you blame the poor guy?
- Foil: To SpongeBob in that he can be considered the polar opposite of him.
- Forgot Flanders Could Do That: Does occasionally get the chance to display some actual musical or other talent. He was, in fact, initially characterized by Plankton as a "mediocre clarinet player," but has usually been shown as an abysmal one.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
- Freudian Excuse: Suffered a miserable childhood and lives with neighbors who harass him everyday.
- Giftedly Bad: Subverted, he can play the clarinet, or at least it's implied, but stress and loss of passion make him terrible at it.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Happens whenever someone else that has artistic talent shows up.
- Grumpy Bear: Oh God, yes.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Early on, Squidward would be upset by Spongebob and Patrick playing dumb games with each other. Downplayed later, then brought back again, even worse than before.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Only wears a shirt.
- Hates Being Touched: Sadly for him, Spongebob loves cuddling.
- Hollywood Atheist: "Just One More Bite" implies that Squidward is either an atheist or a Nay-Theist, with him remarking to Spongebob that he "Has no soul" (a hellish background and laugh pops up behind him when he says that, and he notices, so make of that what you will).
- Could also be interpreted in "Club Spongebob", where he mocks Spongebob and Patrick for expecting the answers to all of their problems to "fall right out of the sky" (which they do).
- Human Popsicle: During the events of "SB-129", Squidward is locked in the freezer. He thinks someone will notice he's gone and get him out. They do not after 2,000 years, where Squidward travels back to his normal time. So technically, he's over 2,000 years old.
- Informed Species: Word of God is he's a octopus.
- It's All About Me: Played With, sometimes he is a selfish jerk, and other times his heart of gold pulls through.
- Jerkass: Just how much of a Jerkass he is varies according to the writer.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sometimes sympathetic towards Spongebob.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Some of his anger towards Spongebob is often understandable for obvious reasons.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In seasons 1-3, Squidward acts like a jerk towards Spongebob and Patrick most of the time, but at some points can be shown to actually care about them. In later seasons he takes the first possible opportunity to Kick The Sponge. Not that it's not justified...sometimes.
- Just how sympathetic Squidward is depends on the writer. In the first three seasons, he was just an intolerant grouch; for example, in the first season episode "Naughty Nautical Neighbors," he discreetly ruins Spongebob and Patrick's friendship simply because their talking via bubble-blowing annoyed him. In later seasons, he jumps between intolerant jerk and sympathetic chew toy. It's taken Up to Eleven in "Sponge-Cano!", where he is openly and completely rude, hostile, and disrespectful to everyone and everything he comes in contact with and declares himself to be the most miserable person in Bikini Bottom. And in "Little Yellow Book" where he shows an extreme Lack of Empathy towards Spongebob's feelings when reading his diary.
- Karma Houdini: In "Grandma's Kisses" he harasses Spongebob for simply being a devoted grandson.
- "Can You Spare a Dime?" sees him taking advantage of Spongebob's hospitality.
- In "Patty Hype", him and Mr. Krabs make fun of SpongeBob for his concept of 'pretty patties'.
- Then there's "Gullible Pants", in which he fools Spongebob with his gullibility.
- In all cases, he gets off scot free. This is very surprising when you realize that in several episodes Squidward is punished just for being disagreeable.
- Lack of Empathy: Taken Up to Eleven in "Little Yellow Book"
- The Lancer: To Mr. Krabs in the earlier seasons, though it didn't save him from old man Krabs' schemes to get money. Case in point, he's appointed manager of the Krusty Krab 2 in the movie, and left in charge a few times while Mr. Krabs is away or in the hospital (or in one case dead).
- Laser-Guided Karma: Happens to him occasionally.
- Lazy Bum: Common theme of the Krusty Krab episodes is that Squidward often dumps his workload on Spongebob. Since the latter is easily manipulated and very much a workaholic, he takes the extra work without a second thought.
- Lean and Mean: Sometimes.
- Lethal Chef: The krabby patty he made in "The Algae is Always Greener" deserves special mention.
- And this priceless little snippet:
Customer #1: He burnt my Krabby Patty.
Customer #2: He burnt my fries!
- However, he's quite good at conventional baking, such as casseroles and soufflés.
- Magma Man: As Captain Magma in Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V.
- Narcissist: Believes himself to be a wonderful artist when in reality he's not, sometimes. Not to mention the fact that just about all of his artwork is self-portraits.
- Nice Mean And In Between: In earlier seasons, Squidward was clearly meant to be the mean one in comparison to SpongeBob and Patrick, rejecting their friendly overtures and sometimes even trying to drive them apart. This dynamic has been mostly phased out in more recent seasons, where he simply comes across as powerless to do anything about them tormenting and stalking him.
- Never My Fault: In earlier episodes, though now it really has become not his fault.
- No Respect Guy: One episode revolves around Spongebob thinking Squidward has died and is now haunting him. When he arranges a funeral for him, where the guests have this to say:
Mr. Krabs: Oh, Squidward... we came as soon as we were sure you were dead.
- Non Indicative Name: Word of God has it he's not a squid, but an octopus.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Many characters are made to look cute, or at least marketable. Squidward is less so.
- No less appealing, though.
- Not So Above It All: If Squidward does partake in Spongebob's tomfoolery, he'll end up taking the games too seriously, ruining them for everyone else.
- Only Sane Man: This doesn't make him any better, however.
- Perpetual Frowner: With how poorly he's treated, it's understandable.
- Pet the Dog: Sometimes shows compassion for others. "Pizza Delivery" is the most obvious where a fish crushes SpongeBob's spirit for no good reason and Squidward gets ticked off and shoves the pizza down the offender's throat. Interestingly, episodes like this downplay his Butt Monkey status considerably.
- Psychopathic Manchild: While he's serious most of the time, a few episodes such as Fools In April have him acting childish, and becoming a dangerous madman in the process.
- Red Baron: As the Killer Krabby Patty in Spongebob, You're Fired!
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he gets really angry.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to SpongeBob's red.
- Shaking the Rump: Does this on occasions, especially when mocking Spongebob in "Club Spongebob".
- Small Name, Big Ego: Just to give you an idea — all of Squidward's art projects are self-portraits.
- The Snark Knight: Always snarky and always making comments on the screwed up world around him.
- The Spock: Much much more so in the later episodes where he seems to be the only person with a level head.
- Stepford Snarker: Implied a lot, all he wants is to not be mistreated and get some appreciation for all the work he does, but the world around him keeps messing with him.
- Straw Loser: Let's face it, it takes one Butt Monkey to make the likes of SpongeBob and Patrick look like winners.
- Surrounded by Idiots: The only characters he doesn't have a problem with are Sandy and Pearl.
- Super Strength: Shown in "Patty Caper", where he literally lifts & moves his own house. Otherwise subverted.
- Temporarily a Villain: While villain may be a strong word to describe him, he played this role whenever he falls into the Took a Level in Jerkass territory.
- This Loser Is You: Probably the most Closer to Earth character in the show, though despite his superior logic and sanity over the rest of the cast, he is often depicted as a Small Name, Big Ego who is talentless and unexceptional in reality.
- Those Two Guys: With Mr. Krabs, especially in earlier seasons as they're both adults compared to Spongebob and Patrick.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Gets one roughly Once a Season. Either something finally goes right for him, or he at least gets to laugh at karma finally hitting Spongebob.
- Took a Level in Badass: Beat the tar out of a group of greedy fast-food proprietors who were trying to use SpongeBob for slave labor while dressed in a giant Krabby Patty suit. Also functions as a Big Damn Hero moment.
- Tsundere: This trope is very zig-zagged as it very much depends on the writer. Some writers portray him as being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold deep down and likes Spongebob, whilst other writers make him a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk who really wants Spongebob gone. Most fans like to think the former.
- The Unapologetic: He wasn't sorry for reading SpongeBob's diary in "Little Yellow Book", bringing him to tears. But when was chained in town while the people throw tomatoes at him, he asks SpongeBob to forgive him, at least until he reads his real diary.
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- In Squidtastic Voyage, when he eagerly screams at Spongebob and Patrick to get out his body without even a thank you for getting the reed out of his throat. This results in a Poor Communication Kills in the end, when he yells "Go!", resulting in Patrick pressing the grow button.
- Also on Good Neighbors, Squidward had set up a security alarm in his house as Spongebob and Patrick come in without any problem to give him an apology cake and apologize for unknowingly ruining his Sunday. But Squidward tries to get them kicked out instead of accepting their apology.
- In "Can You Spare a Dime", while initially thankful of Spongebob taking him in from homelessness, Squidward becomes an absolute spoiled brat who refuses to leave and makes Spongebob wait on him hand and foot. And he gets away with it in the end. Almost.
- The entire episode of "Sponge-Cano" revolves around him admitting that he isn't grateful for anything and complains to everyone that he is the most miserable person in Bikini Bottom. At the end of the episode, Spongebob saves Squidward from falling down the volcano, only for Squidward to tell him that he outright lied to him about being grateful.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Into a non-anthro octopus ("Squid's Day Off") and an amorphus liquid ("Suction Cup Symphony").
Eugene Harold Krabs
Debut: "Help Wanted"
A scheming skinflint crustacean and owner of the Krusty Krab. His over-the-top greed and cheapness is played for laughs.
Voiced by: Carolyn Lawrence
Debut: "Tea at the Treedome"
An athlete/scientist squirrel from Texas.
- The Ace: Particularity as her appearances get less frequent.
- Action Girl: Much more so in earlier episodes, though it still shows through every now and then.
- Adorkable: Like her friend Spongebob, she's cute and eccentric. Not to mention extremely nerdy, which causes Spongebob and Patrick to often scratch their heads in confusion whenever she talks Science.
- Badass: Easily one of the coolest...
- Berserk Button: Never ever insult anything/anyone from Texas, or even the state itself. You will regret it, as Spongebob and Patrick faced the serious consequences.
- Closer to Earth: Flip flops with this. While she is far more intelligent than most of the cast, she is occasionally shown to have a very rowdy and abrasive temperment when pushed. She is also sometimes more aware of her position in this trope than she really is. Granted as the rest of the cast became Flanderized more and more, her own flaws became less significant.
- Competition Freak: Sandy is used to being the best at multiple talents and sports, so gets rather aggressive with when challenged.
- Cute Bruiser: She is clearly Bikini Bottom's strongest resident, occassionally challenging massive, heavily muscled fish and Larry the Lobster to weightlifting challenges.
- Demoted to Extra: Inverted: She and Gary are more common in merchandise than the show.
- Enraged By Idiocy: Quite expresses her annoyance towards Patrick's stupidity on occasions.
- Everything Is Big in Texas
- Fish out of Water: Played straight, though she's actually a squirrel IN water.
- Flanderization: Originally portrayed as The Ace in various activities, post-movie episodes have increasingly focused on her being a scientist, pretty much shunning anything else she was passionate about.
- Flat Character: Became this in the post movie seasons
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric (shares this with Mr. Krabs).
- Gadgeteer Genius: She built tons of nifty gadgets.
- Genius Bruiser: She's smart and tough.
- Genki Girl: She can be this when she wants to have a good time.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Usually level headed, but being a Hot-Blooded Texan, she is rarely subtle when her temper flares.
- Insufferable Genius: Sometimes, especially in later seasons.
- Invisibility: As Miss Appear in Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V.
- The Lad-ette: By many fan interpretations.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to SpongeBob's Feminine Boy.
- Noble Bigot: In "Pressure," she repeatedly bragged that land creatures are better than sea creatures, with Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs thinking the opposite. However, after their attempts at proving it put both sides in mortal danger, they grow out of it.
- Only Sane Woman: Not as much as Squidward, but she's still fairly level-headed. This is the reason why Squidward has no problem with her.
- Out of Focus: Appears less and less with each season, it seems.
- Parody Sue: A few episodes, especially in the 2nd season, seem to make light of her somewhat lengthy amount of talents and positive aspects, it also usually being these points she was portrayed in a more flawed light. May count as an example of Rescued from the Scrappy Heap with those elements considered.
- Passionate Sports Girl: To a particularly extreme level. Adding to that her occasional Competition Freak bouts, working out with Sandy can border out and out life threatening.
- Positive Discrimination: Arguable example. Is the most gifted and least flawed central character by miles, though partly due to excessive Flanderization of the bipedal, male characters. Admittedly it is also balanced by frequent Not So Above It All moments.
- Ship Tease: Usually with SpongeBob, shown by how well they interact with one another, and some reactions to each others comments. One Flashback from "Truth or Square" even had them seemingly getting married, only for it to be revealed as a play after an Almost Kiss.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Not as much as the others but Sandy suffers some physical damage at times, such as being mauled by a gorilla, having her fur torn off by Spongebob and Patrick, being plagued with fleas, being hit by a car off of a mountain and so on.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Albeit not as consistently as Squidward. Here are some examples:
- In "Pressure," she repeatedly stated that land creatures are better than sea creatures and went so far as to almost drown herself in an attempt to prove it.
- Then there's "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm," where she was firmly convinced that, being "Texas tough," she could easily handle the Alaskan Bullworm, repeatedly dismissing and even mocking SpongeBob's warnings. When she finally reaches it and finds out that the Alaskan Bullworm is indeed as big and dangerous as everyone said, she runs in fear, and only admits she was wrong after SpongeBob nagged her into doing so.
- The Smurfette Principle: Sandy is the only female who can be considered a main character, and her appearances are becoming less frequent.
- Southern-Fried Genius: She's from Texas, and proud of it!
- Super Strength: Pretty obvious, actually. Especially when you saw her pull a boat underwater by the chain in "The Worm".
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She wears a flower on her diving helmet so it's more readily apparent she's a girl. She's got eyelashes too, but so does Spongebob.
- Token Good Teammate: The only main character that isn't either a Jerkass or a moron. She and Pearl are the only characters Squidward gets along with very well for this reason.
- Her occasional ego and temperament can provoke some unfortunate situations in the show (eg. "Pressure"), that said, she is arguably the one recurring character that hasn't had her flaws Flanderized over her redeeming aspects.
- Too Clever by Half: Every now and then she goes into this.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Nuts and anything nut-related.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: Occasionally, but always when she's in her tree house.
- Women Are Wiser: Usually played straight to a tee, though she has occasional lapses in judgement Spongebob plays The Straight Man towards, especially in early seasons.
Sheldon J. Plankton
Voiced by: Doug Lawrence
Krabs' business rival and arch-enemy. Is always after the formula for the Krabby Patty, the burger that SpongeBob
fries up to the customers. Barring that, he ultimately aims for crushing all of Bikini Bottom beneath his feet.
Voiced by: Jill Talley
Plankton's business computer and robotic spouse. Being blessed with a complex sentient programming, Karen is well aware of her "husband's" stupidity and is very verbal about it as well
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Seems more competent and intelligent than Plankton, but also has the personality of a nagging housewife, and thus is usually more preoccupied in nagging at her husband's failures or whining for affection.
- Beleaguered Assistant: She mostly averts this as she is generally the dominant one in the relationship.
- Character Development: Was originally a generic computer in her debut in "Plankton". Was granted a sentience in later episodes.
- Deadpan Snarker: Of the tallest order.
- Flanderization: Her Deadpan Snarker mannerisms. Initially merely acted frustrated and sarcastic on odd occasions due to Plankton's bumbling. Now she is perpetually throwing insults at her spouse.
- Green Eyes: Whenever she has them, otherwise Subverted.
- Hyper Competent Side Kick: She successfully stole a Krabby Patty first time she tried alone with near zero effort (then again, it was against Squidward).
- Just a Stupid Accent: Had an obnoxious Boston accent even before she had a personality.
- Lack of Empathy: Well, she's a computer...
- Pet the Dog: Perpetually snarky and nagging towards her husband, and is suggested to even find some of his suffering amusing, nevertheless she does love him, deep, deep down.
- Robotic Spouse: Yes and no. Yes, Karen is a robot (okay, she's technically an extremely sarcastic computer...). But no, it's never fully explained how/when she was built, or when she and Plankton were married (if they're even married). Plankton may have originally built her to be the perfect wife or just a generic computer, but since A.I. Is a Crapshoot, her AI may have evolved into the snarky computer you see today.
- Satellite Character: She has no interaction with anybody other than Plankton. Justified, seeing as how she's a mostly immobile computer...
- Snarky Inanimate Object: She's a robot, and damn if she ever isn't snarky.
- Tuckerization: Named after Stephen Hillenburg's wife.
Debut: "Help Wanted"SpongeBob
's pet snail, who meows like a cat.
Mrs. Poppy Puff
Voiced by: Mary Jo Catlett
Debut: "Boating School"
Neurotic boating school teacher, driven (almost literally) to wit's end by Spongebob's constant disasterous attempts to gain a boating license.
- Adults Are Useless: Sort of. She's far more level headed than Spongebob, but she shows occasional incompetance as a teacher.
- Alliterative Name: Poppy Puff.
- Butt Monkey: As a result of Spongebob's antics.
- Closer to Earth: Despite the occasional dark tint, she's one of the more level headed characters. Spongebob is constantly grating on her sanity however.
- Dark and Troubled Past: According to at least one monologue, she has previously skipped town under a different name.
- Also, her husband was apparently fished up out of the sea and made into a lamp.
- Determined Widow: Amazingly, she hasn't given up on Spongebob.
- Didn't Think This Through: She falls victim to this in the episode "No Free Rides." Sick and tired of having to go through SpongeBob's chaotic driving tests, she comes up with a bogus extra credit test to just give him his driver's license and get him out of her classroom. It's only after she does so that it hits her that she has just given SpongeBob free reign to drive on public streets and wreak havoc there.
- Knight of Cerebus: She briefly becomes one in the Season 8 episode Demolition Doofus. She entered SpongeBob into a demolition derby and hoped that he would die in it since he was the one who caused her to puncture her inflation sac thanks to his crazy driving. She later tries to kill him herself by entering into the demolition derby using a massive monster truck. This episode is considered her darkest role by many fans.
- Nervous Wreck: She's very neurotic, although it's usually justified.
- No Accounting for Taste: Once dated Mr. Krabs.
- Granted, this was back in the second season where he was still a decent guy and before he became more of a Jerkass.
- Not So Different: From Squidward. In Boating Buddies, she and Squidward agree that Spongebob is the bane of their existance.
- Out-of-Character Moment: In the infamous Demolition Doofus, she is driven insane after one of SpongeBob's accidents causes her to deflate. She actually tries to get SpongeBob killed in a demolition derby. Thankfully, she was turned back to normal at the end.
- Out of Focus: Post movie.
- Running Gag: How many times has she gotten arrested now?
- Sanity Slippage: Happens to her when it involves Spongebob.
- Stepford Smiler: Implied.
- Temporarily a Villain: In No Free Rides and Demolition Doofus.
Voiced by: Doug Lawrence
Debut: "Ripped Pants"
Debut: "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"
Spongebob and Patrick's favorite Superhero, who is now elderly and lives in a retirement home.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: May be semi-justified as onset Alzheimer's / Dementia.
- Expy: Of Aquaman, and a deconstruction at the same time. His younger self also looks like Aquaman, and both have the ability to summon the creatures of the sea via telepathy.
- He's also clearly modeled off of Batman.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Of sorts. His and Barnacle Boy's heroism after becoming semi-retired is only informed. When they appear in an episode, it's usually SpongeBob and Patrick who end up saving the day.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Looks exactly like Ernest Borgnine.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Compare his elderly appearance to his younger self.
- Large Ham: EVIL! EVIL!
- Leitmotif: The Lineman.
- Song Association: It has existed before Spongebob was created, but most people think of it as the "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" theme.
- Old Superhero: Was retired, but became "semi-retired" thanks to SpongeBob.
- Senior Sleep Cycle: He can even sleep with his eyes open.
- Put on a Bus: Hasn't appeared since Ernest Borgnine's death on July 8th, 2012.
- Token Human: And yet he is able to survive underwater.
Voiced by: Tim Conway
Debut: "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"
Mermaidman's sidekick, who is also elderly and lives in the same retirement home.
The Flying Dutchman
Voiced by: Brian Doyle-Murray
Debut: "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost" (in a magazine), "Scaredy Pants" (in-person)
Patchy the Pirate
Potty the Parrot
SpongeBob's Gramma (Grandma SquarePants)
Voiced by: Marion Ross
Debut: "Grandma's Kisses"
Voiced by: Lori Alan
Debut: "Squeaky Boots"
A spoiled, bratty whale who represents the stereotypical teenage girl. Daughter of Mr. Krabs.
Voiced by: John Rhys-Davies
(first two appearances) and Bob Joles (all subsequent appearances)
Debut: "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III"
- Arch-Enemy: To Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
- Expy of Black Manta
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Seemed to pull a Heel-Face Turn in his first appearance, but afterwards reverts to his evil status by the next time we see him. In his third appearance though, he preferred living a normal life, but Spongebob got on his nerves when he didn't do anything wrong at all. Any evil he's done outside of the Bad Future amounts to Poke the Poodle in Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V or just being a villain for hire when he teamed up with Plankton.
- Human Popsicle: He was frozen in tartar sauce since Mermaid Man's prime, until SpongeBob and Patrick freed him.
- Large Ham: Especially when he's doing his Evil Laugh.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: A minor villain in the normal series, but a Bad Future where he won proved he was actually able to take over the world and turn it into a dictatorship where everyone was enslaved to his will.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning He has red eyes, and he's evil.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In his debut episode, he was frozen in tartar sauce until SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally thawed him out.
- Token Human: Well, he's human-like, it's still not clear if he's actually human or not.
Debut: "Band Geeks"
Squidward's rival from high school. Squilliam is essentially everything Squidward dreamed of being. Whereas Squidward is a middle-class jackass stuck in a dead end job and considered a joke by everyone except SpongeBob and Patrick
, Squilliam is a successful, filthy stinking rich jackass beloved by all. Also, unlike Squidward (who has had a few Pet the Dog
moments), he appears to have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He loves rubbing his success in Squidward's face.
- The Ace: Is this compared to Squidward.
- Alpha Bastard: Apart from the fact that he's not a highschooler, he fits this trope to a T.
- Always Someone Better: He's far more successful than Squidward ever was or will ever hope to be.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Won twice, but normally his appearances are a sign Squidward will win this one.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Type I
- Dub Name Change: Siegbert Schnösel in the German dub
- Eviler Than Thou: Well neither are exactly evil, but he's this to Squidward. Take Squidward, add some Smug Snake and several levels in jerkassitude, and remove any redeeming qualities. That's Squilliam.
- Hate Sink: Squilliam has almost no sympathetic qualities about him, making it all the easier for one to root for the normally jerkassy Squidward.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Band Geeks" and "House Fancy"
- Humiliation Conga: In the iconic scene of "Band Geeks"
- Gets another one at the end of "House Fancy".
- Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: There's absolutely nothing redeeming about him whatsoever.
- Lean and Mean
- Narcissist: Ironically, one of the only things he has in common with Squidward, and possibly with every member of his species.
- Rich Bastard: He has a private jet, private yacht, private airship, private casino, etc.
- The Rival: To Squidward.
- Smug Snake: He never misses a chance to rub his success in Squidward's face.
- Talkingto Himself: With Squidward in the German and Latin-American dubs.
- Villainous Breakdown: At the end of "Band Geeks", he has one. Seeing Squidward completely succeed in an absolutely epic way causes him to have a heart attack!. Has another one at the end of "House Fancy" where Squidward's house being declared even fancier than his leaves Squilliam laying on the ground crying his eyes out.
Debut: "Ripped Pants"
A surfer fish who appears mostly in the background, but has some major roles.
An obese, picky fish who was a recurring nemesis to Spongebob in the first season.
- Big Eater: A fan translated his order to be a Krabby Patty with over twenty patties. Plus, he took off running when Spongebob threw a single piece of popcorn.
- Demoted to Extra: He played a major role in "Pickles" and was built up as a recurring enemy of Spongebob's, but completely disappeared from the show for years. His return was a Wham Shot among Wham Shot's. Even still, this is the only appearance he's made since the first season. He does pop up in video games from time to time.
- Fat Bastard: He's really not very nice, nor is he fit. When he's fleeing the Krusty Krab when he's been exposed, he's wheezing as he pathetically lumber-jogs off.
- Jerkass: He's this more than anything else - in his first appearance, he nearly robbed Spongebob of his self-confidence for no reason whatsoever.
- Meaningful Name: Say his name repeatedly and quickly and you'll discover why the name is perfect for him.
- Pet the Dog: In his most recent appearance, he came to thank Plankton for rescuing him.
- Remember the New Guy: Somewhat of an example; in his few appearances he was treated as a recurring nemesis.
- Unsatisfiable Customer: Type 4, since he was making false complaints for SpongeBob's flawless service, either for a free Krabby Patty or just to Mind Screw SpongeBob For the Lulz.
The Dirty Bubble
Debut: "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II"
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Anyone remember the last time he showed up?
- They Killed Kenny: Killed in Mermaidman and Barnacleboy II, but reappears alive and well in Mermaidman and Barnacleboy V.
- This might be because he's a bubble and presumably can reform as long as there's enough of him left to make up a new body.
- Weaksauce Weakness: "Watch the POINT!!!"
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Subverted. In his debut, he is quickly killed by Spongebob less than a minute after he shows up, but is seen alive and well in his second appearance.
A fish well known for saying "CHOCOLATE!"
- Ax-Crazy: Even before the "CHOCOLATE" incident, there were a few instances where he was pretty terrifying.
- When Spongebob says "April Fools" when he gives him back his drink, he grabs Spongebob by the shirt and screams, demanding to know what he's done.
- When Bubble Buddy first was in Bikini Bottom and wreaked havoc, he piped up with this exchange.
Tom: He burned our crops, poisoned our water supply, and delivered a plague unto our houses!!!
Townspeople: He DID?!?
Tom: No! But are we gonna wait around until he does?!?
- Large Ham 'CHOCOLATE! CHOCOLATE!'
- Palette Swap: Into red and lime green.
- Trademark Favorite Food: do we even have to say it? 'CHOCOLATE! CHOCOLATE!'
Voiced by: Sirena Irwin
Debut: "Sailor Mouth"
Mr Krabs mother, and grandmother to Pearl (although the two haven't been seen together).
- Berserk Button: See Mama Bear. Also, she was furious when she thought Plankton was just using her to get the Krabby Patty secret recipe.
- Good Parents: She seems to be a loving, fair, but firm mother to Mr. Krabs and also is willing to discipline Spongebob and Patrick on occasion.
- Mama Bear: Do not mess with her son.
- Older Than They Look: Looks about 20 years younger than she is.
Uncle Sherm Square Pants
Debut: "Krab Borg" (mentioned), "Pest of the West" (seen in a photo)
- The Ghost: His only appearance was in a photo.
Debut: "Reef Blower"
The guy seen in various episodes to say his famous catchphrase ("MY LEG!") after something bad happens to him
- Butt Monkey: There's a reason he says "My leg!"
- Breakout Character: Fans recognize him pretty well. He's got quite the following on the Internet.
- Catch Phrase: MY LEG!!! and DEAUUGH!!
- Demoted to Extra: The blue version is rarely seen after the second movie.
- Except in Season 7,the blue version is seen very commonly.
- Ow, My Body Part!: MY LEG!!!
- Palette Swap: He is in both brown and blue versions.
- There is a brown-green version used only once, in Professor Squidward.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Played with; he doesn't die, but whenever he shows up you can expect him to get horribly injured and probably scream "MY LEG!".
Voiced by: Dennis Quaid
Debut: "Grandpappy the Pirate"
- Really 700 Years Old: If Mr. Krabs was really born in 1942 and his mother is still alive, he must be really old, considering the setting after the events on SB-129 (It took place in 2017).
- Will Not Tell a Lie: His rule for pirates.
Voiced by: Thomas F. Wilson
Debut: "Sandy's Rocket"
- Ascended Extra: He was a background character for a few early episodes before coming into the spotlight as the infamous bully he's known as now.
- Big Bad: Of his own episode.
- Blatant Lies: He employs these very often, especially when covering his own ass.
- The Bully: He threatens to kick Spongebob's butt the minute he lays eyes on him.
- Jerkass: He has no reason to antagonize Spongebob, but does so anyway.
Debut: "Neptune's Spatula"
- Jerkass Gods: He was slightly nicer in his first appearance, though. He even stated he had no concerns for the affairs of Mortals.
Kevin the Sea Cucumber
Debute: I'm Your Biggest Fanatic
Johnny Erain, AKA Realistic Fish Head
Debut: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: His appearances after season 3 dwindled, save for in appearances in one episode per season, in Season 4, 6, 7 and 8.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Meta-example; Most fans are unaware of his actual name, so when most people discuss him, they call him "The Realistic Fish Head". It doesn't help that the nickname is how he introduces himself.
Debut: Have You Seen This Snail?
- Expy: Appears to be one of the evil granny in the Renand Stimpy episode "It's a Dog's Life". Only Gary's lucky this time.
- Fattening The Victim: It's unknown if she actually eats the snails she gets, but she overfed Gary constantly and when Gary realizes this, he bails.
- Knight of Cerebus: She intended to kill Gary off and empty his shell; it's shown many snails suffered this fate.
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
Debut: "One Krab's Trash"
Spongebob's old classmate. In The Sponge Who Could Fly
, he wants him to rub his scalp.
Voiced by: Jeffrey Tambor
The ruler of the sea, whose crown is his prize possession and holds his symbol of authority over all his undersea kingdom. It should be noted that he is not
the same King Neptune that appears in the series, and is exclusive to the movie.
- Absurdly Bright Light: His bald head.
- Berserk Button: Don't touch his crown.
- Divergent Character Evolution: As noted, he's a wholly different incarnation of King Neptune than the one in the main series.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: Couldn't concern himself with the fact that Plankton was enslaving all of Bikini Bottom. But his crown and bald head are Serious Business
- Insistent Terminology: He insists his bald head is "thinning!"
- Jerkass Gods: More so than his series counterpart - he was going to imprison someone who touched his crown for 20 years. The kicker? Said person was the royal crown polisher. Also, according to Mindy, he can barely go one day without trying to execute someone.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the end of the movie, King Neptune gets an aesop on how important it is to have love and compassion when you're in a position of leadership. He also apologizes to Mr. Krabs for freezing him and praises SpongeBob.
- Kill It with Fire: Probably his favorite method of solving things.
Voiced by: Alec Baldwin
A hitman hired by Plankton to make sure that SpongeBob
and Patrick never make it to Shell City. He is a living example of the movie's Darker and Edgier
A friendly mermaid who does her best to assist SpongeBob
and Patrick in their quest to Shell City. She disproves of her father's method of ruling with an iron fist, and wishes he would use a little love and compassion. She is also the target of Patrick's affections.
Voiced by: Neil Ross (Uncredited as the Live Action Role)
The guardian of Shell City, who is actually a man in a diver suit that he never takes off.
- Bigger Bad: His only role in Plankton's scheme is owning the gift shop that buys King Neptune's crown, and yet he's arguably far worse than Plankton.
- Cyclops: Well, technically, thanks to his helmet.
- Evil Laugh: The only sound he makes.
- The Faceless: His helmet doesn't show any facial features.
- Humans Are Cthulhu: To the audience, he's just a guy in an old-fashioned diving suit. To the characters, he's an incomprehensible monster defined by his unnaturalness and willingness to kill sea creatures..
- Knight of Cerebus: He only appears for a few minutes, but those minutes are probably the darkest minutes in the whole movie, maybe even the series.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He ends up being attacked by the sea creatures he turned into marine gifts and suntries.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Remember how Dennis came close to killing Spongebob and Patrick? This guy actually succeeds. Sure, they get better, but even so...
King Neptune's Squire
Voiced by: Carlos AlazraquiKing Neptune's Squire
, who accompanies Neptune pretty much wherever he goes, and must obey his every command.
Burger-Beard the Pirate