Radar / SpongeBob SquarePants

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Oh, SpongeBob. How we love you for all the Parental Bonuses and sneaking some questionable content into the show. Guess what other show known for adult content had a lot of the same crew... 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.
    Pre-Movie Seasons 

Season 1
  • First off, the whole setting can be taken as a Radar-evading joke. SpongeBob works at the Crusty Crab in a town called Bikini Bottom, get it? Okay, next example...
  • In "Tea at the Treedome," when SpongeBob does his Madness Mantra of "I don't need it" taken out of context it can sound like he's going through alcohol/drug withdrawal.
    SpongeBob: "I NEED IT!!!"
  • In "Pickles," SpongeBob wears a pair of underpants over his head. His nose makes a prominent imprint in his underpants, making it resemble an erection.
  • In "Employee of the Month," Squidward badmouths the titular award but is interrupted by patty meat being sprayed from a fan and a loud fart-like sound, obviously standing in for the word "shit." So both times he ends up saying "a load of (ffffft!)... garbage" and "a bunch of (ffffft!)... balony".
  • In "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: (covers crotch) Where?!
  • In "Walking Small", Plankton asks SpongeBob about his new tan.
    Plankton: Is that an all-over tan?
    SpongeBob: Well, not all of me.

Season 2
  • 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..."
  • In "Something Smells", SpongeBob says "I am ugly and I'm proud!"
  • At one point in "Bubble Buddy" Squidward is getting tired of having to wait on the titular inanimate object hand and foot. One of Spongebob's many complaints about the food he is bringing leads to an outburst from Squidward. Though Mr. Krabs cuts him off, it's fairly obvious what he was about to suggest:
    Spongebob: Bubble Buddy's lactose intolerant! He can't eat cheese! What should we do?
    Squidward: We?! How about you take these patties and sh-
    Mr. Krabs: Mr. Squidward!
    • Also, the reveal that Bubble Buddy is a sentient being means the fact that he stood idly by and watched Scooter die by drowning is much more disturbing.
    • And just what was he doing in the bathroom for two hours?
  • In "Dying for Pie," SpongeBob performs open heart surgery on Squidward for some reason. When he poke's Squidwards heart, blood starts squirting out of it.
    • What's worse, the show was rated TV-Ynote  in the USA when this episode aired.
  • In "Christmas Who?," as Squidward mocks SpongeBob for celebrating Christmas, a picture of a donkey (i.e. a jackass) 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!
  • In "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic," SpongeBob tells Kevin he'll do anything for him, and Kevin asks him to jump off a building. Yes, Kevin literally told Spongebob to kill himself.
    • At the end of the episode, the other 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." While this brutal mutilation is questionable enough, In real life, the sea cucumber's "crown" actually corresponds to its anus, something marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg was undoubtedly aware of.
      • So Kevin was literally an asshat.
  • In "The Smoking Peanut," Sandy's response to SpongeBob running off, exclaiming that he has to go get his hair cut.
    Sandy: SpongeBob doesn't have any hair...(pause with a disgusted look)...or does he?
    • Patrick licking SpongeBob was a bit suggestive, too, even though it turned out to be a lemon-flavored popsicle that just happened to be colored like SpongeBob.
  • In "Gary Takes a Bath," as SpongeBob hands Gary a bar of soap, he tells him: "Don't drop 'em!"
  • In "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 in syndication for unknown reasons, but some say it was because it looked like Patrick was trying to take Sandy's bikini top off.
  • During the infamous "Sailor Mouth," it's pretty obvious what they're actually saying. "Hi Patrick, how the fuck are you?"
  • In "The Fry Cook Games," Patrick is wearing yellow underwear at the end and says "You know, these were white when I bought 'em."

Season 3
  • In "The Algae's Always Greener," Plankton mentions the only thing he's ever reviewed were "foreign exercise videos" his cousin sent him.
    Plankton: No more intrusions! I'd like to begin writing a "memoirs of my success" story, so everyone just stay theó *ground shakes*
    Pearl: Daddy! DADDY!
  • In "My Pretty Seahorse" a fish called Scooter tries to insert a coin into a real seahorse that he thinks is a kiddie ride. "I can't find the coin slot... here it is!"
  • In "Just One Bite," a fish squirts a load of white cream into his mouth, which Squidward calls "disgusting." It's mayonnaise.
  • 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-."
  • The episode "Nasty Patty" is quite possibly the most triumphant example. Convinced they killed the health inspector, Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob attempt to bury his corpse in a shallow grave. Facing pressure from the police, they snap and turn on each other. This show is rated TV-Y7 (suitable for children 7 and up) in the USA. It doesn't help that the show was rated TV-Y (suitable for children 2-6 years old) when this episode aired.
  • In "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.
  • In "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve," when SpongeBob and Patrick are on the walk with the scallop, they walk past a couple with a baby. Thought bubbles appear, with the equation "Sponge + Starfish = Scallop?" with the woman making a confused face.
    • The scene where SpongeBob and Patrick were going to bed made it look like they were about to have sex.
    • 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!"
  • In "Party Pooper Pants," SpongeBob walks past the grog aisle. That's right, the liquor section.
    • From the same episode, during one of the live action segments, there is a brief moment with a well-endowed women made up to look like a figurehead from the bow of a ship. A wooden sea captain slides across the floor with his eyes clearly pointed at her cleavage. Her smile quickly turns into a frown.
    • Also, Larry says he's aired out the bathroom enough, clearly indicating the bodily function he had just performed.
  • 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.
  • 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: Ahhhh, Make-Out Reef. Good times, good times.
    • One of the teens at Make-Out Reef is shown making out with a pillow.
    • 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.
  • "Clams" has Mr. Krabs constantly rubbing his dollar in between his legs and behind.
    SpongeBob: What's wrong with Mr. Krabs?
    Mr. Krabs: Nothing, lad! *holds up dollar* Do you know what this is?
    Squidward: A very dirty dollar?
  • 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!"
    • 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.
  • In "Krabby Land," SpongeBob hires two buff men wearing BDSM gear to torture him for the amusement of children.
  • In "The Camping Episode," Squidward refers to SpongeBob and Patrick as asstronauts (his emphasis).
  • In "Plankton's Army," Mr. Krabs flushes Plankton down the toilet ... and then says "And now for the chaser!" just before it cuts away. It's not hard to guess what Mr. Krabs was planning to send down after Plankton...
  • "The Sponge Who Could Fly" has SpongeBob misinterpreting a prank phone call:
    SpongeBob: Who is this? Joe Mama? Well, listen up, Joe!
  • In "SpongeBob Meets the 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.
    • Not to mention the fact that the Tattletale Strangler is apparently a Serial Killer.
  • 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.

    Post-Movie Seasons 

Season 4
  • In "Shell of a Man," SpongeBob is offered grog and accepts it. Grog is a form of watered down rum.
  • In an example far more explicit than the infamous "One Coarse Meal", a guard in "Dunces and Dragons" turns his spear on himself, clearly intending to stab himself in the throat. He decides not to, saying "Someday, but not today."
  • In "Chimps Ahoy," SpongeBob's reactions while scratching his back with the Goofy Goober Back Scratcher look positively orgasmic.
  • 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?!"
  • Pretty much all of "Karate Island."
    • 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.
    • Let's not forget the part where Sandy faces off against Udon and expands her oh-so giant muscles, while wearing nothing but her casual bikini.
  • "Bummer Vacation" has Squidward telling SpongeBob a customer's order of "One shell on a shingle". This is a shout-out to military slang for standard mess hall dining fare, except in the military they say "shit on a shingle".
    • "I've been waiting for you, Patrick!" can be taken the wrong way.
  • In "Squidtastic Voyage," Squidward accidentally swallows his clarinet. Spongebob tries to help him and we get a shot of a mother and son walking past Squidward's house. All you can hear are sounds of Spongebob grunting and Squidward making choking noises, and the mother covers her son's ears and looks disgusted.
  • 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  — and starts rummaging around in his trousers. SpongeBob and Patrick exchange confused glances.
    • Double points for also being a Shout-Out to a very adult joke from Blazing Saddles ("S'cuse me while I whip this out...").
  • In "Squid Wood," SpongeBob, Squidward, and two random fish are shown twerking very explicitly.

Season 5
  • In "The Krusty Sponge," SpongeBob, who thinks the Krusty 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, especially since Krabs turned out to be bathing in money.
  • In "A Flea in Her Dome," Sandy wraps a flea collar (which looks like a spiked BDSM dog collar) around her throat, briefly yanking it tight in a manner suggestive of autoerotic asphyxiation.
  • "The Donut of Shame" has SpongeBob and Patrick looking very inebriated at Patrick's birthday party.
  • In "Blackened Sponge," one of SpongeBob's stories about Jack M. Crazyfish has the villain sporting a massive cold sore on his lip. In other words, he has herpes.
  • 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.
  • In "The Two Faces of Squidward," Squidward is stalked and harassed by people because he's handsome. Mr. Krabs attempts to objectify him for profit.
    Mr. Krabs: Don't worry folks, there's plenty of Squidward to go around! Everyone will get the opportunity to touch Squidward!

Season 6
  • In "Suction Cup Symphony" SpongeBob and Patrick keep making noises are 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.
  • In "The Slumber Party," Pearl says that her friends have "zombie shock syndrome." The only disease with a similar name is toxic shock syndrome, which can be caused by leaving a tampon in for too long.
  • 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 "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.
  • In "Sand Castles in the Sand," Patrick yells at one point "FEEL ME!"
  • In "Truth Or Square," Mr. Krabs has cameras in SpongeBob', Patrick', Squidward', and Sandy's bathrooms!

Season 7
  • In "Stuck in the Wringer," SpongeBob drops his bar of soap and screams as it slowly falls to the floor.
  • In "Model Sponge," SpongeBob passes an audition, though what it's for is unclear. When he gets on set, the first thing the director tells him is to "lose the pants."
  • 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!
  • "The Cent of Money" has a scene where Mr. Krabs is using Gary to find loose change on the beach. At one point, he ends up having Gary pull out change from a woman's bikini, which causes her to glare at Krabs and Krabs to chuckle nervously before bolting off.
  • This little bit from "The Curse of the Hex":
    Mr. Krabs: (to SpongeBob) You gotta get up PRETTY early to sneak a pair 'o buns like that by Mr. Krabs!
    Squidward: Or at least until he takes off his sleep mask.
    Mr Krabs: ...how did you know I wore a sleep mask?
  • "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...

Season 8
  • In "The Hot Shot," three boating school students, two male and one female, ask Tony Fast, Jr. to sign their stuff. The first male fish asks Tony, Jr. to sign his lunchbox and the second one asks him to sign his steering wheel, but the female boating school student is cut off before she explains what she wants Tony, Jr. to sign and isn't shown holding anything, which infers that she wants him to sign her breasts.
  • In "Squidward's School for Grown Ups," 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 "Mermaid Man Begins", Mermaid Man dials a payphone and asks "What are you wearing?"
  • In "Bubble Buddy Returns", SpongeBob describes Bubble Buddy's son Shiny as being full of soap and vinegar, which is a play on the phrase "full of piss and vinegar."
  • 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.
  • Karen 2 from the episode "Karen 2.0" has a noticeably shapelier body than the original Karen, which is even commented on when Plankton describes Karen 2 as having "a sleek space-age design" while his new computer wife poses provocatively. At the end of the episode, when Plankton uses Karen 2's battery to restore power to the original Karen, the battery is located in Karen 2's rear.
  • In "Squiditis", SpongeBob telling Mr. Krabs that he was howling for pleasure makes it sound like he was having sex.
  • In "Demolition Doofus," Mrs. Puff will do anything to get SpongeBob killed, because he mutilated her. They weren't being sneaky about it, either. At one point, she angrily shouts "Why are you still alive!?".
  • 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 "Hello Bikini Bottom," a female fish seen playing a loaf of bread like an accordion. During this, she appears to be topless.

Season 9
  • The episode where SpongeBob and Patrick take care of an adult baby version of Squidward.
  • 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.
    • Earlier in the episode, SpongeBob throws out a ketchup packet. Patrick (who was in the dumpster) says that "it'll great with great with this old diaper" and takes out a used diaper. This implies that Patrick literally ate shit.
  • At the end of "Sanctuary", Bob Barnacle, a stand-in for Bob Barker who is even voiced by him, tells SpongeBob to remember to spay and neuter his pets.
  • When SpongeBob first walks through the Krusty Krab with his new long pants in "SpongeBob LongPants," a child points at him and asks his mother if he is his father. The mother replies by giving a lustful look at SpongeBob and saying "I wish."
  • In "Larry's Gym," Mr. Krabs keeps rubbing a towel between his legs, leading to this suggestive dialogue:
    Larry: Do you have to do that in front of me?
    Mr. Krabs: Yes.
  • In "Mermaid Pants", Patrick has a grappling hook shoved up his butt.
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