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?
SpongeBob: (on land, thinking a seagull is a local of the land) Ooh, a local! Hey, we're from underwater! do you know Sandy Cheeks? (the seagull stares at the camera with a quizzical expression)
As you can see from it's Ho Yay page, SpongeBob SquarePants has WAY TOO MANYHo 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!"
Definitely not reaching for this one, from the 10 Year Anniversary Episode, Mr. Krabs says: "Get yerself a case of The Krabbies - for your health!"
Also in SpongeBob Truth or Square, Mr. Krabs had cameras in SpongeBob's, Patrick's, Squidward's, AND Sandy's bathrooms!
Also this bit of dialogue, from "Texas":
SpongeBob: Patrick, your genius is showing. Patrick:WHERE??(covers crotch)
There's also a scene in Patty Hype in which after Patrick's inflatable pants blows up when Patrick's floating in midair and Patrick falls down. When he gets up, a remaining part of his pants was covering his crotch.
As well as SpongeBob shaking his butt and saying "Tex-aaaaassss!!", much to the chagrin of a blushing Sandy.
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.
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...
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!"
Also how SpongeBob was describing his technique with chipping the marble block sounded like how a depraved Stalker with a Crush would approach their target.
Spongebob: ...you gotta embrace the marble, you gotta sniff the marble, you gotta lick the marble, you gotta wash the marble, you gotta date the marble, you gotta BE the marble!
"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?"
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!
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...
The Battle for Bikini Bottom video game contains a reference to "Retirement Home Girls Gone Wild". Yet the game retained an E rating.
In the Mermaid Man origin episode, 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*
"F is for friends who do stuff together! U is for you and me! N is for anywhere and anytime at all..."
At one point, Plankton is caught reading a sketchy magazine labeled "Mitosis"...
That joke was 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 "Rule of Dumb" where Patrick temporarily becomes king, the beginning of the episode sees SpongeBob watching a drama on TV where a lady reveals to her partner that "There's someone else" and brings up an old man - her partner exclaims "Grandpa?!" but at that moment Patrick's head crashes through the television screen.
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. Holy Cow!.
During "Sailor Mouth"...my God. You can actually read their lips, they have been animated to actually say the swear words.
Actually, Mr. Krabs says there are 13 bad words if you are a sailor; otherwise there are only 7. This references George Carlin's "7 Words" 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.
You can't forget Bubble Bass; try saying it really fast.
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.
Can You Spare A Dime? has a scene where Squidward yells at SpongeBob for not "being in uniform". When he comes back in a second later, he's wearing a French maid outfit. When he turns his back for that one brief moment, the dress has an open area for a bare back, and it gives a full view of his underwear.
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!" I wonder what he's talking about there...
Not really sneaking it past the radar. It was amazingly blatant actually.
What about 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!"
Oh my gosh, I thought that was the name of the toy since they cut to a close-up of said-toy...
In "Spy Buddies", Squidward says "No, Mr. Krabs, it's that time of the month." Mr. Krabs yells "Battle Stations!", and Squidward runs into the bathroom.
Plankton telling SpongeBob to be more assertive, followed by SpongeBob sticking his finger in a guy's pocket and saying "Beep beep!" Plankton does a Face Palm and says "Not insertive!"
In Barnacle Face, Pearl's high school is shown and we see a (male) student pull and twist another (male) student's nipple.
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?!"
SpongeBob humping the air while laughing during one scene of "April Foolin".
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 "For Here or to Go", Mr. Krabs has to get rid of burger buns to keep Plankton from getting a Krabby Patty. But when he tries to flush them and push them down a toilet, it sounds like someone going to the bathroom (according to a customer from outside the stall).
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.
Also in Oral Report, 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".
In Something Smells, 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, which has obvious female parts.
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 aqua 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 "Tatar Sauce" to "Fish-paste" are basically used in place of swear words.
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!
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the episode "Clams" with Mr. Krabs constantly rubbinghis dollar in between his legs and behind. I don't even know how the heck that got past.
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 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."
The episode where Mr. Krabs forbid Spongebob (and by extension Sandy) from Karate can read as if the two were sex addicts (clearly addicted to something), at moments. "I don't know anything about... karate." "Right now?"
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.
And then...PELVIC THRUST!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
In a new episode called 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:
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.
Also in "Pranks a Lot", SpongeBob and Patrick are "erasing" parts of each other (It Makes Sense in Context). First, SpongeBob erases part of Patrick's stomach, leaving him with a hole through the center of him. Then he erases Patrick's crotch. What does he say about this? "No guts, no glory!" ...Wow.
Speaking of which, "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!
Justified since Gary meows like a cat and... well, catnip.
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.
In "The Graveyard Shift" (the one with the Hash Slinging Slasher), Spongebob's response, aimed at Squidward, to discovering that they'll be working the night shift at the Krusty Krab, is, "It'll be like a sleepover, except we'll be sweaty and covered in grease!"
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 "*** on a shingle" (military slang for standard mess hall dining fare).
In the new episode Little Yellow Book, SpongeBob says "I need a break" 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"