Referenced By / SpongeBob SquarePants

Live-Action Film

Live-Action TV
  • In the George Lopez episode "Why You Crying?", when George and Angie tell Benny that they 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.
  • In the Yes, Dear episode, "Natural Born Delinquents", Kim tells Sammy that if he doesn't eat his vegetables, he will grow up to have arms like SpongeBob's. Later in the episode, as Greg tries to put Sammy to bed, a SpongeBob toy can be seen in Sammy's bedroom.
  • In the Parenthood, Max changes the channel from a sports game to SpongeBob.
  • The Big Bang Theory episode "The Long Distance Dissonance", Sheldon watches the show on his phone.

Puppet Shows
  • In a sketch on Sesame Street, Telly Monster's favorite Show Within a Show is revealed to be TriangleBob TrianglePants, featuring Bob as the title character, who sings a parody of SpongeBob's theme song. The name of the network the show airs on is called Triangleodeon.

Web Comics

Web Original
  • 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.
    Critic!SpongeBob: Boy, Shyamalan needs to throw in the towel.
    Jesu!Sandy: I thought there were blue cats in this.
  • SuperMarioLogan:
    • In the second episode of the first season of Mario and Luigi's Stupid and Dumb Adventures, Mama Luigi sings the Krusty Krab Pizza song as he rides on a flying Mario's back. When Mario objects to him singing it, Mama Luigi refers to him as Squidward and himself as SpongeBob, because Mario's grumpy and he is happy.
    • In the second episode of the third season of Mario and Luigi's Stupid and Dumb Adventures, one of the dimensions Mario travels to is SpongeBob's dimension. Because it is underwater, Mario nearly drowns trying to grab the remote that sends him to other dimensions.
    • In part 3 of the "Chef Pee Pee Quits!" saga, Officers Goodman and Pee Pee find out from their police radio that a seven-year-old kid named Patrick Coleman ran away from his house when his mom wouldn't let him watch SpongeBob.
    • In The Stinger of "Bowser Junior's Halloween Problem!", Black Yoshi dresses up as SpongeBob for Halloween, and says, "I'm ready, I'm ready!" when Mario, who is dressed as Bowser, asks him if he's ready to go trick-or-treating with him.
    • In "The Christmas Special!", Bowser Junior gives Chef Pee Pee a SpongeBob toy oven as a present, but he rejects it, claiming that the show the toy is based on teaches kids to be bums. Junior is later seen playing with it in "Bowser Junior's Playtime 4", wherein he pretends to apply for a job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab.
    • In "Chef Pee Pee's Birthday Surprise!", Junior makes a bet with Cody that Chef Pee Pee will say, "Ravioli Ravioli, give me the formuli!" when he opens the skateboard that Joseph got him. Chef Pee Pee does just that, much to Cody's ire.
    • In "Substitute Teacher!", when Judy, as the substitute teacher, attempts to teach the class Marine Biology, she tells the class that little yellow sponges live in sea pineapples with their pet snails and their grumpy squid neighbors. Cody is not amused, and when Judy attempts to sing the SpongeBob theme song, Jeffy tosses a globe at her.
    • In "Jeffy's Tantrum!", Jeffy wants Mario to buy him a $2.99 SpongeBob game on the App store, which Mario refuses to do.
    • In "The Magical Button!", Junior finds a magical button that can grant any wish at the cost of killing a random person. At one point, Junior wishes for an ice cream truck (at the cost of killing Chef Pee Pee), and he gives Joseph and Cody SpongeBob popsicles from it.
    • In "Bowser Junior's 9th Birthday!", Squidward's "Bold and Brash" painting can be seen hanging on the wall.
    • In "Jeffy Gets Help!", Jeffy forces Mario to let him watch SpongeBob, and wears sunglasses of Patrick (whom he refers to as Squidward). In the episode he watches, Patrick is upset that he can't get a girlfriend, and SpongeBob tells him, "Well, I don't have holes for nothing!".
    • In "Cody's Mistake!", Judy refuses to let Cody go to the beach, because she believes Cody will get beaten up by Sandy Cheeks.
  • In Jaiden Animations' video "My Random Thoughts", she visually references the famous essay-writing scene.

Western Animation
  • 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 a Treehouse of Horror episode, a bunch of movie monsters realized not many people are scared of them anymore, so they decide to dress up as popular characters from movies and TV shows. Frankenstein dressed up in a SpongeBob costume.
      • Another THOH episode listed director Bob Anderson as SpongeBob Anderson pants in the opening credits.
    • In "Yellow Stuberfudge", Lisa recommended to Krusty that he should make his show international, after seeing him broke. She then shows him an italian SpongeBob parody as an example. The parody featured SpongeBob giving Squidward a birthday present. Squidward tries to explain that the present is a mine from World War Two, before a seahorse sits on the activation button and blows the two up. A widowing fish shows up seeing what happened before letting out a Big NO!
    • In the Lego episode, Comic Book Guy mentions that Bart's mecha suit he made from the school was made of Batmobile, Hobbit Hole, and SpongeBob playsets. If you look carefully at the mecha suit, you can see parts of the Pineapple set.
  • 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 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?"
    • In "Prick Up Your Ears", one of Stewie's toys is a SpongeBob doll.
  • Phineas and Ferb had Phineas frantically looking for materials to get him and his friends off a desert island.
    Look! A sponge and a starfish! There's gotta be SOMETHING we can make of these! (tosses them away) No, no, that's ridiculous!
    • What's interesting is that co-creator Dan Provenmire worked on the show in the past as a writer.
  • The Drawn Together episode "Wooldoor Sockbat's Giggle-Wiggle Funny Tickle Non-Traditional Progressive Multicultural Roundtable!" had Princess Clara describe Wooldoor Sockbat's children's show as the gayest kid's show since SpongeBob. Additionally Wooldoor himself is an Expy of primarily SpongeBob.
  • The Loud House:
    • In "Left in the Dark", during the flashback to the girls fighting over the remote, the TV briefly shows a picture of a yellow sponge and a pink starfish.
    • In "Making The Grade", a photo of a sea sponge, a starfish, an octopus, and a crab can be seen hanging on the wall in Lisa's kindergarten classroom.
  • An episode of Hey Arnold! had a comic book shop named SpongeBob.