Trivia: SpongeBob SquarePants

  • Adored by the Network: The poster child for this trope. Currently Nickelodeon's top show, and they've obviously decided to milk it for all its worth.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Within its first 10 years, Spongebob made over 8 BILLION DOLLARS in revenue. No doubt that it's still making more.
    • A recent study has shown that it currently accounts for more than 60% of the station's revenue.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Patrick and Mermaid Man are voiced by Ikuko Tani (an old lady) in Japanese; Plankton, however, is voiced by Chie Matsuraa, a young woman who doesn't even try to match Plankton's English voice.
    • Zig-zagged with Mermaid Man in Japan; he has been voiced by Ikuko Tani (Patrick), but also by Rokurō Naya (Squidward) and Keijin Okuda (Mr. Krabs).
  • The Danza: In "Mermaid Man Begins", the real names of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are revealed to be Ernie and Tim. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are voiced by Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway, respectively.
  • Defictionalization:
  • Enforced Method Acting: Tom Kenny actually was very sick when recording Spongie's sniffly, sneezy dialogue in "Suds."
  • Executive Meddling: It has saved the show from two series finales. The movie was intended to be a Grand Finale for the series, but the possibility was later pushed to the "Spongebob's Last Stand" special. The show was continued since it was very close to dethroning Rugrats as the longest running Nicktoon. It eventually did bypass the series when it aired episode 173.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Yes, that is really Tom Kenny you're seeing dressed up like a dime-store Halloween pirate.
    • Martin Olson plays the live-action role of the Chief in "Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy V", who would later be known as Hunson Abadeer.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: There are a lot of celebrity cameos, ranging from David Bowie to Amy Poehler and even Johnny Depp.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: David Bowie as Lord Royal Highness in Atlantis SquarePantis. He's the only character that doesn't have his own musical number in that episode.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Ever wonder why Mr. Krabs sounds so weird when he sings in "Welcome to the Chum Bucket"? Yes, that's Dee Bradley Baker singing, not Clancy Brown though he does his own singing in all other episodes.
  • The Other Darrin: Man Ray's first appearance in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" was voiced by John Rhys-Davies. Man Ray's subsequent appearances have been voiced by Bob Joles.
    • The voices of the background fish change a lot.
    • In the Spongebob video game Battle For Bikini Bottom, Mr. Krabs was voiced by Joe White instead of Clancy Brown for unknown reasons.
    • Joe White also voiced Mermaid Man in the video games, and has replaced Ernest Borgnine as Mermaid Man on the show following Borgnine's death.
    • Patrick's original German voice, Marco Kroeger, left in 2013 and was replaced by Fritz Rott. Due to Author Existence Failure, Squidward's German and Japanese voice actors had to be replaced as well.
  • Real-Life Relative: Karen may be married to Plankton in the show, but her voice actress, Jill Talley, is married to Tom Kenny. Unfortunately, their characters hardly ever interact with each other.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: "Reef Blower" was completely pantomime because of a faulty sound system.
    • Tom Kenny's acting in "Suds" wasn't just acting — according to an interview in Nick Magazine, he was actually very sick when he recorded the dialogue.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The Tie-In Novel For the Love of Bubbles was adapted into the episode "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" which was in turn adapted into the tie-in novels WhoBob WhatPants? and My Name is CheeseHead.
  • Recycled Script: A few old episodes of the show seem to have recycled plots from other Nicktoons. "Toy Store of Doom", for example, has essentially the same plot as the Rugrats episode "Toy Palace" (they get locked in a closed toy store and are afraid the toys will attack them), while "Banned in Bikini Bottom" (Krabby Patties are outlawed and Mr. Krabs starts selling them at SpongeBob's house secretly) is similar to the CatDog episode "Just Say CatDog Sent You".
    • "Picture Day" has a recycled script from an episode of a Disney show: the Recess episode "One Stayed Clean". "Big Pink Loser" is also extremely similar to "Copycat Kid".
    • "Sailor Mouth" is very similar to "Bleeped", but airs much more frequently.
    • "Squid Defense" is very similar to the Hey Arnold! episode "Mugged".
  • Screwed by the Network: On their Nicktoons channel, as it only airs when most people are asleep. You were probably confused when you saw this trope on this page if you don't get Nicktoons. (That's probably because they don't need to air it on Nicktoons.)
  • Talking to Himself: Tom Kenny doing many additional voices can usually result in this. The episode "Gary Takes a Bath" is basically 11 minutes of Tom Kenny talking to himself.
    • In the Swedish dub, there is Squidward with Squilliam and Spongebob with his cousin Stanley.
  • Trope Namer:
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The pre-movie episodes, especially the first season.
    • In "Nature Pants", SpongeBob gives Patrick his collection of phone books.
    • In "Culture Shock", someone asks Mr. Krabs to break a dollar so he can use the pay phone.
  • What Could Have Been: Apparently Adult Swim asked if the creator would be willing to make a Darker and Edgier SpongeBob show on their network, where Patrick and SpongeBob would be a gay couple, ala Ren and Stimpy. He declined.
    • Early production sketches indicate the cast was originally human.
    • The creator also wanted to call him Sponge Boy until he learned the name was copyrighted. This appears in a Mythology Gag where Mr. Krabs says "Sponge boy, me Bob!"
    • The name of the Krabby Patty was originally going to be the Barnacle Burger.
    • "Reef Blower" was originally intended to have dialogue, but became a dialogue free episode due to the sound equipment being damaged.
    • Storyboards for the controversial episode "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy" actually had Sandy getting naked as opposed to just her bra and panties.
  • Word of God: Stephen Hillenburg has made it perfectly clear that SpongeBob does not feel sexual attraction. He also adds that Spongebob has a chaste crush on Sandy.
    • In terms of the series itself Word of God also states that in spite of the series continuing to this day; the original team members and the Hillenburg himself say that the first theatrical movie is the end of Spongebob's story.