Referenced By: SpongeBob SquarePants
Live Action Film
- In the film Ted, Ted and John watch the episode "Procrastination" on TV while smoking marijuana.
- In Zathura, Danny and Walter fight over watching SpongeBob and SportsCenter. The episode on the TV is "Bubblestand".
- In the George Lopez episode "Why You Crying?", when George and Angie tell Benny that the punished Max by barring him from TV for a month, Benny quips "Wow, a whole month without the stupid talking sponge. That's gotta hurt."
- The Two and a Half Men episode "Alan Hunter, Frontier Chiropractor" had Jake explaining the show's premise to his grandmother.
- This Square Root of Minus Garfield strip features Jon telling Garfield the tale of The Ugly Barnacle, followed by a screenshot of Patrick smiling taken directly from "Something Smells".
- In The Nostalgia Critic and JesuOtaku's review of Digimon: The Movie, Critic mocks the opening short of the Angela Anaconda cast going to see the movie by thinking about the SpongeBob cast going to see The Last Airbender, showing them viewing the infamous "pebble dance" scene.
- In the MAD sketch "Cliffordfield", Big Bird gets crushed by a Clifford the Big Red Dog and is flattened into SpongeBob.
- A live-action Parody Commercial features scrubbing product SpongeWow, who is used to clean up non-FDA approved hot sauce, much to his pain.
- In The Simpsons episode "The Wife Aquatic", an exhibit on marine biology has a figure of SpongeBob.
- The credits to "She Used to Be My Girl" have Lisa praying to God, Buddha and SpongeBob.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Sisterhooves Social", Sweetie Belle attempts to make breakfast and somehow burns the juice, ala Squidward burning a shake in "Pickles".
- Robot Chicken
- An early sketch features a expies of SpongeBob and Patrick running around like idiots, briefly pausing to walk offscreen and throw up.
- Another sketch features SpongeBob (not an expy this time) asking Sandy how she can be pregnant, saying "You said you had a sponge in your...Oh, you meant me."
- Another sketch had SpongeBob revealing to the Krusty Krab patrons that krabby patties are made out of crabs.
- The Family Guy episode, "Road to the North Pole" has Stewie venturing to the North Pole to kill Santa. Brian tries to talk him out of it by explaining that Santa isn't real. In disbelief, Stewie asks, "Is SpongeBob not real?"