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Oh, SpongeBob. How we love you for all the Parental Bonuses and sneaking some questionable content into the show. I guess this is why the Periphery Demographic for the series is high school to college students.
For the radar for the movie, see here.Before you add an example, ask yourself the following: "Am I purposely taking a quote out of context?" "Am I reading way too deeply into an innocent joke?" "Is the 'hidden' joke the only joke?" If you answer yes to any, that's not this trope.
One of the most hilariously obvious innuendos in the series is that the Krusty Krab is located in Bikini Bottom.
Well, SpongeBob does live in Bikini Bottom and is super absorbent... get it? A yellow sponge to be exact.
Sandy the squirrel's full name is "Sandy Cheeks".
As you can see from its Ho Yay page, SpongeBob SquarePants has a sizeable number of Ho Yay episodes with either Patrick or Squidward, but in the episode "The Two Faces of Squidward," Squidward ends up in the hospital after SpongeBob slams his face heavily in a door by accident. SpongeBob's obsessive worry over Squidward's recovery, coupled with Squidward's new, healed face being extremely handsome, makes for a particularly interesting episode. Then Squidward runs into SpongeBob's house in a towel and begs him to break his face again to bring him back to normal, to which SpongeBob replies: "But I could never hurt you on purpose!"
From the same episode Krabs tells the people crowding outside the Krusty Krab "Don't worry folks, there's plenty of Squidward to go around! Everyone will get the opportunity to touch Squidward!"
"Squilliam Returns" has a part where Squilliam mentions that Squidward was voted "Most Likely to Suck Eggs" in high school. The phrase means "to shut up and deal with it," but in Chile, "eggs" can refer to the testicles like "balls" in English.
From the 10 Year Anniversary Episode, Mr. Krabs says: "Get yerself a case of The Krabbies - for your health!" Which is an obvious reference to old ads of tobacco products, which definitely wouldn't fly on children's TV today.
Also in this episode, Mr. Krabs had cameras in SpongeBob's, Patrick's, Squidward's, AND Sandy's bathrooms!
In the episode "Texas", SpongeBob shakes his butt and says "Tex-aaaaassss!!", much to the chagrin of a blushing Sandy.
In the same episode:
SpongeBob: Patrick, your genius is showing. Patrick: Where?!
In "20,000 Patties Under The Sea":
SpongeBob: BYE SQUIDWARD! BYE MR. KRABS! (seductively) Bye, Squidward. Patrick: Hey, you said 'Bye, Squidward' twice! SpongeBob (remaining somewhat seductive): I like Squidward.
Fans take notice about how Squidward's eyes and nose resemble (how to put this delicately) male crotch parts. Maybe that's why most Bikini Bottomites think he is ugly, and why he doesn't wear pants.
All of the "Karate Island" episode. It's not the #1 most popular episode because kids get any of the jokes.
Sandy has to fight a French martial artist called "The Tickler". A French Tickler is a feathered condom.
Also, at one point, SpongeBob is tied to a chair, and Udon reaches into his robe, grasping something that makes a clicking noise. It turns out to be a pen, but SpongeBob's reaction makes it clear he thought it was a gun.
At the beginning of the episode "Your Shoe's Untied", SpongeBob is channel surfing. He comes across a channel with a real orange sea anemone gyrating to energetic go-go dancer-style music which SB finds "entertaining" (leaning forward eagerly in his seat at one point). Suddenly, Gary walks in on SB, who panics and changes the channel to a football game, claiming unconvincingly, "I-I-I-I was just looking for the sports channel, Gary..."
They actually got away with it a SECOND time in "Rise and Shine". Only this time it apparently was on the news. Interpret that how you will...
And in The Lost Episode, you can see it AGAIN when Patchy is flipping channels.
In another part, SpongeBob says "Hi" to a mailfish, who smells his breath, and his face cracks to reveal another person underneath...which cracks off to reveal a female fish, who has obvious female parts.
The episode "Rock A Bye Bivalve" seemed to be nothing but an 11 minute gay couple episode, with such gems as:
SpongeBob: We made a commitment together, and you aren't doing your share!
Or Patrick's last line:
"Let's have another."
When SpongeBob and Patrick are on the walk with the clam, they walk past a couple with a baby. Thought bubbles appear, with the equation "Sponge + Starfish = Clam?" with the woman making a confused face.
Patrick promises he'll be back from work by 6:00 - and then stumbles into the house at midnight with a lampshade over his head, saying "Boy, that was some party!"
Another wonderfully questionable moment with Squidward is in the episode "Artist Unknown", where he attempts to teach SpongeBob art (while SpongeBob is actually much better at art than Squidward could ever be). Enraged by SpongeBob's ability to draw a perfect circle, and later by an origami sculpture of them playing leapfrog, Squidward tears up the piece paper, which SpongeBob quickly sorts into another picture of them playing "leapfrog".
This is all innocent enough until SpongeBob feels the need to point out, rather suggestively, "That's you on the bottom." For some reason, this only makes Squidward angrier, and he tears up the origami sculpture. SpongeBob later tries making the picture again, this time out of ripped pieces of paper, trying to placate Squidward by offering a hopeful "You're on top this time!"
"If I'm lucky, Mr. Talent will rub his tentacles on my art."
In the episode "Snowball Effect" when it is showcasing snow sculptures, there is a flat-chested snow mermaid. Right next to it, there are two grinning boys that are each holding a very large snowball.
SpongeBob creates an unfortunate situation for Squidward by telling the Flying Dutchman the things he's said about his ship in "Shanghaied"; particularly that it was dirty. The Flying Dutchman tells the group that insulting a man's ship is worse than insulting his own mother, to which he gets the response:
"No, wait, it was his mother he said was dirty, not his ship."
In "The Smoking Peanut", Sandy's response to SpongeBob running off, exclaiming that he has to go get his hair cut.
"SpongeBob doesn't have any hair...(pause with a disgusted look)...or does he?"
"Krusty Dogs" has this less-than-subtle exchange...
SpongeBob: Well, that didn't work at all... Squidward: It only seemed to INCREASE their appetite for wieners! SpongeBob: We need stronger tactics! Squidward: Right. Something that would make Mr. Krabs' whole wiener thing blow right up in his face! SpongeBob: Yeeaah... blow up...
In one episode, SpongeBob, while preparing for an opera, pulls out a note with a familiar intro, which he proceeds to read to the audience:
SpongeBob: There once was a man from Nantucket... Crowd: (gasps)
In the episode "Mermaidman Begins", Mermaid Man dials a payphone asking "What are you wearing?"
In "Christmas Who?", as Squidward mocks SpongeBob for celebrating Christmas, a picture of a donkey shows up as the scene plays. It appears again after Squidward realizes the error of his ways.
Squidward: I feel like a... I feel like a...! (image of donkey shows up over his face, complete with "heehaw" sound effects) ...big jerk!
At one point, Plankton is caught reading a sketchy magazine labeled "Mitosis"...
That joke was also used in the season one episode "The Paper," where Squidward tries to ignore SpongeBob playing with the paper by reading a magazine, and mutters "Mitosis, heh heh." He also muttered erosion, though.
In "Overbooked", when SpongeBob trying to get Patrick a birthday cake, the cake he got originally said "Sorry about the scabies" written on it in frosting.
During "Sailor Mouth", you can actually read their lips, they have been animated to actually say the swear words.
Mr. Krabs says there are 13 bad words if you are a sailor; otherwise there are only 7. This references George Carlin's profanity-themed (and, inevitably, heavily profanity-laden) "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" routine.
During "Sponge Guard on Duty", surely there could have been another place for SpongeBob and Patrick to pull at their shorts to check their tan lines.
As well as when a fish tells Patrick to put his gut away as there are children on the beach.
In "Suction Cup Symphony" where Squidward is trying to compose a piece of music but SpongeBob and Patrick keep making noises and distracting him (what else is new?). They're playing doctor, and SpongeBob looks like he is about to reach under Patrick's hospital gown. The camera cuts away as we hear Patrick give a happy scream and a squeaky noise. It's revealed later in the episode that they were actually playing with an unseen rubber duck.
The commercial for "License to Milkshake" has a part where SpongeBob is dancing rather suggestively to "Milkshake" by Kelis.
Wikipedia says that a "milkshake" is just "something that makes women special". That said, there still needs to be an explanation on how it got past the radar.
In "Mid-Life Crustacean", where Mr. Krabs wants to feel young again, he leaps into what he believes is a nightclub yelling "Any port in a storm!" Makes you wonder what he's talking about there...
And who can forget the classic Radar-nuking moment of the panty raid? Yes, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs literally sneak into a woman's house at night and attempt to rifle through her drawers.
The episode "Donut of Shame", where SpongeBob appears drunk.
Patrick cheering on a stuffed toy as she accepts another cup of tea, later mentioning how "she can really pound 'em down". As well as Patrick cheering on SpongeBob by chanting "Chamomile! Chamomile!"
In "Barnacle Face", Pearl's high school is shown and we see a (male) student pull and twist another (male) student's nipple.
In "Ghost Host", the Flying Dutchman is seen hitting on a female fish at a party. She eyes him skeptically and asks him "Is that a wedding ring?!"
In "Are You Happy Now?" SpongeBob tries to make Squidward happy by doing various activities to no avail. Eventually Squidward goes into a depression and refuses to leave his house. At one point, he throws a rope up into the air hanging it while muttering that perhaps "this would make him happy" as if to signify... Oh No! Turns out he was just hanging up a cage with a pet scallop inside.
Right before he sticks his head in the oven... and pulls out some brownies.
In "Oral Report", SpongeBob gets underwear goggles that make him see people in their underwear...including female fish's underwear. At one point, he also sees Mrs. Puff in her bra and underwear! How that got by the radar we'll never know.
When SpongeBob first gets the Underwear Goggles, he tells Sandy they don't work, Sandy tells him they don't work on her cause she's already in her undies and tells him to try it on Patrick. When SpongeBob sees Patrick's backside, he goes "Ugh", turns back quickly and said "Yeah they work".
The palms on the glove-shaped rollercoaster seats in "Tunnel of Glove" look like butts.
When SpongeBob does his Madness Mantra of "I don't need it" taken out of context it can sound like he's talking about drugs or smoking rather than water.
"I NEED IT!!!"
In "Sandy, SpongeBob and the Worm" SpongeBob has tattooed on his backside "Property of Sandy Cheeks". (Because she's saved his behind on so many occasions.)
"I can't find the coin slot. Here it is!" Judging by the (female) seahorse's reaction and where he was looking, that was no coin slot.
Chum has now become the aquatic version of "shit". Examples had included "Holy chum!" or even a barrel full of chum that says "Aaw chum!"
Used to be "shrimp", at least when "The Sponge Who Could Fly" aired. In fact, in "Fear of a Krabby Patty", SpongeBob actually does say "Holy shrimp", emphasis on the "shrimp". The whole show's use of Unusual Euphemism from "Barnacles" to "Tartar Sauce" to "Fish-paste" are basically used in place of swear words.
Another euphemism is "exhaust fan", meaning "ass".
And the name "Chum Bucket" begins to make a lot more sense.
"Chum Bucket" - "h" = .....
In "Shell of a Man", SpongeBob is offered grog and accepts it. Grog is a form of watered down rum. Seriously, was the radar even on?
The word Barnacles is also considered vulgar withing the SpongeBob universe. Here's an example from "Shell of a Man".
Mr. Krabs: SpongeBob!
SpongeBob: Sorry about the foul language, Mr. Krabs, but you're acting like there never was a man in that shell.
In "SpongeBob's Last Stand", Plankton says "I don't give a barnacle". SpongeBob and Krabs are left confused.
Also, more than once Plankton has yelled out "What the barnacle?!"
How they got Plankton's attempted suicide in "One Coarse Meal" past standards we'll never know.
Plankton: Can't you see I'm trying to get run over!
Mr. Krabs: Nothing, lad! *holds up dollar* Do you know what this is?
Squidward: A very dirty dollar?
In one episode, SpongeBob mentions, "Those X-Ray goggles I got, they didn't let you see through people's skin at all! [disgusted face] Just their clothes."
In "The Krusty Sponge", SpongeBob, who thinks the Krusty Krab... uh Sponge, is being attacked by zombies, he pounds on Mr. Krabs' office door. Mr. Krabs then says "Uh, go away please, I'm busy." For any older fan of the show, it could have been implied that Krabs was on A Date with Rosie Palms, or since he's a crab, claws.
In "The Tattletale Strangler", there are two blink-and-you'll-miss-it shots of Squidward dancing with a lampshade on his head during a party. He also seems unusually happy in that episode whenever you see him, especially since he's happy to go to SpongeBob's party, which he normally would never do.
This happened to Gary in the party episode, but Gary had the lampshades over his eyes.
In "The Good Krabby Name", SpongeBob and Patrick leave a bathroom stall in the Krusty Krab and approach a customer fixing to use the bathroom. What SpongeBob says takes the cake:
SpongeBob: We left a present in there for you!
Also, the way Mr. Krabs getting the mailman ready to eat a Krabby Patty...it looks like he was getting him ready for a date...or maybe even ready to kiss him.
In "Demolition Doofus", Mrs. Puff will do anything to make sure SpongeBob is dead. All this is because he punctured her inflation sac. They weren't being sneaky about it, either. At one point, she angrily shouts "Why are you still alive!?".
In "Pranks a Lot", Mr. Krabs calls SpongeBob and Patrick "Live-Nude Pranksters." Patrick and SpongeBob then cover each others' asses and crotches. HOLY SHRIMP!
Not to mention the wolf whistle near the end and Mrs. Puff taking pictures. The whole episode in general. Yes, they're cartoon sea creatures, but they were in the nude majority of the time.
"No guts, no glory."
"Nature Pants" had SpongeBob running around in the nude majority of the episode, though they lampshaded it by having his crotch sometimes covered.
"The Sponge Who Could Fly" has one point where someone calls SpongeBob on the phone to mock him for trying to fly. He asks who's calling, but misinterprets:
SpongeBob: No, I certainly do not live in a birdcage! Who is this? Joe Mama? Well, listen up, Joe, I hate to break it to you, but flying is impossible!
In "Chocolate With Nuts," SpongeBob and Patrick are lamenting their inability to make any sales.
Patrick: I got it! Let's get naked! SpongeBob: No, let's save that for when we're selling real estate.
Shortly thereafter, SpongeBob is trying to explain to Patrick how companies exaggerate or lie in advertisements.
SpongeBob: Take that billboard, for example. "Eat Barnacle Chips. They're Delicious!" They most certainly are not delicious! Patrick: Not the way I use 'em!!
In the episode "The Algae's Always Greener", Plankton mentions the only thing he's ever reviewed were "foreign exercise videos" his cousin sent him. Also, Mr. Krabs spends most of his screentime in the switched reality completely naked. And the one article of clothing he does don? A bra.
And his reaction? "Well, at least it's underwire."
In the episode "Procrastination", there was a scene where SpongeBob looks out the window and sees his friends having fun, and at one point it shows Patrick rubbing sun tan lotion on Sandy's back while Patrick happily shouts "Come on, SpongeBob!" This scene was never shown again for unknown reasons, but some say it was because it looked like Patrick was trying to take Sandy's bikini top off.
Another reason is they were afraid children would try and imitate the racing car stunt.
"Bummer Vacation" has Squidward telling SpongeBob a customer's order of "One shell on a shingle". While not as obscene as prior examples on this page, it could only mean "shit on a shingle" (military slang for standard mess hall dining fare).
In "Little Yellow Book", SpongeBob says "I need a break" and goes outside and starts blowing bubbles. The way he does this is VERY similar to smoking on a kids show.
In "Fry Cook Games", Patrick is wearing yellow underwear at the end and says "You know, these were white when I bought 'em."
Davy Jones' Locker is mentioned in a few episodes, occasionally as an exclamation. Davy Jones' Locker? Bikini Bottom Hell.
This is most obvious when The Flying Dutchman threatens to send Mr. Krabs, who is nearly dying, to Davy Jones' Locker for his greedy nature.
In "The Algae's Always Greener," when Plankton first awakens and discovers that he's in the Krusty Krab, he picks up a picture of Pearl the Whale. He doesn't know who she is or why he's in a picture with her, so he says to himself, "Who the Davy...?" Obviously a substitute for "Who the hell..."
It could also be a substitute for "Who the Devil..."
In "Walking Small", Plankton asks SpongeBob about his new tan.
Plankton: Is that an all-over tan?
SpongeBob: Well, not all of me.
In "Best Frenemies", the Kelp Shake is shown to be quite addictive, as the townsfolk desperately want more after drinking one.
Squidward is seen drinking one only when no one is around.
Karen warns Krabs and Plankton that drinking the Kelp Shake is a bad idea. She also mentions that there is an extra ingredient in the shake, but she never mentions the name.
The town starts having side effects a little while after drinking the Kelp Shake.
People in hazmat suits clean out the restaurants after they close.
Krabs and Plankton share the same Kelp Shake that Krabs bought. Like sharing a needle.
It seems like they drugged the Kelp Shake!
In "Squiditis", SpongeBob telling Mr. Krabs that he was howling for pleasure makes it sound like he was having sex.
In "Roller Cowards", SpongeBob and Patrick plan to ride a scary roller coaster, but end up chickening out due to fear. They decide to distract themselves by heading to other attractions, and the bathroom line, which leads to this:
(SpongeBob and Patrick run to the back of the line, cheering): ONE MORE TIME!
Tom: (the fish in front of them) You know, this is the line for the bathroom.
In Sand Castles In The Sand, Patrick yells at one point "FEEL ME!"
In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V", The Chief says that Barnacle Boy's group of villains is tormenting kids in Make-Out Reef. Squidward then says this;
Squidward: Ahhhh, Make-Out Reef. Good times, good times.
Also in that episode, Mermaid Man is telling everyone how superheroes get their powers from costumes. Then we get this:
Mermaid Man: Of course! Why else do you think we'd be running around in colored undies?
Squidward:(smirking) I can think of three good reasons.
In the episode "New Digs", where SpongeBob moves into the Krusty Krab, Squidward is about to put some dishes in the in the dish washer, only to realize that it's "jammed". He reaches inside the machine, unaware that SpongeBob is showering inside, causing SpongeBob to let out a loud shriek.
There's also Mr. Krabs pulling down the floral print curtains in his office, only to reveal SpongeBob's mother showering behind them.
During a scene in "Slide Whistle Stooges", Squidward is called a "''baby assaulter''". Then if you listen closely, one of the background characters shouts to him "Go assault your own baby!".
In "Rule of Dumb", a royal minister informs Patrick he's the heir to the throne. When Patrick doesn't understand, he says, "Allow me to show you something!"note (a scroll depicting the royal family tree) — and starts rummaging around in his trousers. SpongeBob and Patrick exchange a confused glance.
Double points for being a reference to a well-known (and very adult) joke from Blazing Saddles ("S'cuse me while I whip this out...")
In the beginning of "The Bully", SpongeBob is seen constantly rearranging his pencils. When he asks a student where one pencil goes, she says "I think that one goes stuck inside your-".
My God, "Chimps Ahoy". SpongeBob scratching his back with the Goofy Goober Back Scratcher wasn't subtle at all. His reactions looked like orgasms.
At the end of "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic," the anchovies in the Jelly Spotters take Kevin the Sea Cucumber's crown and give it to SpongeBob, who exclaims, "I didn't know this was a hat!" A tearful Kevin responds, "It wasn't." In marine biology, the sea cucumber's "crown" actually corresponds to its anus, something marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg was undoubtedly aware of.
Now I'm going to have nightmares.
Let's not forget the Mondegreen in Chocolate With Nuts where it sounds like Patrick tells that fish to "eat sperm".