WMG / SpongeBob SquarePants

    open/close all folders 

    Setting 
Bikini Bottom is located near an undersea fault line.
This would explain why there is so much Chaos Architecture in the show; there are many underwater earthquakes which, while not big enough to cause wide scale damage, do have a habit of moving locations around further or closer to each other depending on the episode, such as how the Krusty Krab sometimes is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Spongebob's house, while in other episodes such as Employee of the Month, it takes a whole morning to reach it, even while running.

SpongeBob SquarePants takes place in the 1970's/1980's
In the movie, SpongeBob says he has been Employee of the Month for 374 months. That's around 31 years, and considering the date the movie was made, it could be possible that the first episode ("Help Wanted", where he first got his job) took place in 1973. That explains why the shell phones are as big as normal phones (and why the normal phones look so dated), why the TVs look the way they do, and why the other technology isn't quite up-to-date.

Bikini Bottom is the bottom of Bikini Atoll
Why is the show's setting called Bikini Bottom? Because it's the sea bottom of Bikini Atoll, the atomic bomb test site. This would explain a lot.
  • Word of God confirmed this.
  • It gives a Darker and Edgier tone to the show if you think about it too hard.
  • So how do you fit Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy in?
    • A couple of the natives that were still there when the bomb went off. The nuclear energy mutated them into water-breathing superheros.
      • Then the IJLSA were natives, too?
      • Of course. They were all a family who got caught up in the blast during a get-together. The Elastic Wasteband had just finished a huge helping for his size, Miss-Appear was hiding under the table for some reason, Professor Magma was smacked in the face by a chunk of molten rock (or his bowl of chili) just before the nuclear energy hit, the Quickster (seen in the episode where the SpongeBob gang wore the super-costumes) was running from the blast, and Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy were a father/son team scuba diving with some marine life and forgot their family relation afterward.
      • Similarly, the fish villains were wildlife who happened to be nearby, The Dirty Bubble was an algae-filled bubble, and Man Ray was with Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy when the blast hit and hates them because they shoved a stingray in his face as they tried to get away.
      • Ain't that a Shout-Out to Fantastic Four?
      • Yes. Or the X-Men. Or anything else involving mutants. Either way it's a great theory.
      • Maybe all of the residents of Bikini Bottom were once normal fish, who were mutated from the nuclear radiation, just like Godzilla.
      • "Pest of the West", "Dunces and Dragons", "SB-129", and "Ugh" joss that one.
      • Maybe, for them, time is faster than ours. 60 years for us is 6,000 years for them or something. This might have to do with the radiation.
      • Or only the ones with superpowers were the results of radiation.
      • Unless they had nuclear testing in the time of the trilobites, "SB-129" definitely shows humanoid sponges and starfish in our version of prehistoric times.
  • What about the Flying Dutchman? Perhaps toxic waste that became sentient over time and embodied itself by using the old legend of a disembodied pirate? He is green and glowy...
  • Perhaps this takes place in the Adventure Time universe. The bomb test? Precursor to the mutagenic Mushroom Bomb that spawned the Land Of Ooo and the Lich. Or possibly the bomb hit really close to Bikini Atoll(hey, if Adventure Time has Shelby the sentient worm, it could uplift fish). Adding to this, Spongebob was Simon Petrikov's bath sponge.
  • How does this explain the Bubble Bowl, then? Is there really a football stadium in Bikini Atoll?

SpongeBob and pals live in prehistoric times.

  • Most of the cast of the show is just many ancient species that evolved into our current ones (or, possibly monkeys, which is why they seem so humanoid). They found some elements like metal underwater and used them to build various things, and no humans have ever been seen on the show—even when the characters went above water in one episode, all they saw was what could be considered prehistoric wildlife. The Movie takes place thousands of years later, where many characters, like Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, have died out, and humans are just evolving. The man SpongeBob and Patrick found at the beach was actually named David HasselhoffRule of Perception just had him wear a swimsuit and look like the actual David Hasselhoff.
    • Jossed. Remember the episode "Frankendoodle"? That artist at sea who dropped the pencil? He was a human!
    • Annother joss. There are several examples in many episodes of hints that the show takes place in the present.A lot of live-action sequences in the series do not reveal any prehistoric elements, as well as the many live-action scenes featuring fully developed humans in a present day environment. Plus, SB-129 and SpongeBob B.C. (Before Comedy) showed the caveman ancestors of SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward. Also, how could all the characters stay the same for over a thousand years in the movie? All I could see why that would make sense is SpongeBob's millions of Employee of the Month awards at the near start, but that wasn't explained or mentioned any further. Plus, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy were perfectly developed humans already, so how would they even be there if the show is in prehistoric events? Also, the year settings for some episodes were near this generation.

The show takes place around fifty years in the future.
In the episode "20,000 Patties Under the Sea" (2007), the thing in the abyss mentions that it had its last meal 79 years ago. Then, moments later, it mentions that the Krabby Patty tastes better than a sewage line back in the '76. Assuming it isn't referring to the 1876, that would mean that the show's setting would be about 50 years in the future.

Bikini Bottom is in fact Purgatory
...and SpongeBob and Patrick are the managers of this Purgatory.
  • Alternatively, it serves as Purgatory for some of the residents, and Hell for others. The latter group is comprised of Squidward, Plankton, Gary, and Mrs. Puff. Think about it- Squidward was a Jerkass or worse) in life, so now he is in his own personal Hell where he is constantly physically or mentally hurt by SpongeBob and Patrick. Mr. Krabs is also a manager of Purgatory/Hell, and his job is to make both Squidward and Plankton's lives miserable. Plankton was a master thief in life, so now he is there to fail one attempted theft for every successful one he perpetrated while he was alive. He finally runs of crimes to make up for during The Finale. I've no clue what Gary did, but he's been tormented by Mr. Krabs, tormented by SpongeBob, especially in that episode where SpongeBob bought that "Mr. Puffy Fluffy" pet, etc. He and Squidward also seem to sympathize with each other over the stupid things SpongeBob causes to both of them. Mrs. Puff is self explanatory.
    • Maybe some of the denizens are Sonic Characters.
      • Sandy: Chip/Light Gaia. Sandy is The Ace, Chip is a god
      • Gary: Emerl. Both very inteliggent despite being mute and treated as a pet.
      • Mermaid Man: E-102 Gamma. Both have lots of projectile weapons
      • Barnacle Boy: Mighty The Armadillo. Both are put upon and forgotten.
      • Dennis: Mephiles The Dark.
      • Man Ray: Nack/ Fang
      • Dirty Bubble: E-101 beta. Arch enemy of Mermaidman/Gamma.

Bikini Bottom takes place somewhere either on the Pacific coast or on the Gulf of Mexico coast somewhere in the distant future.

  • It could go either way. There is a tar pit that was shown in "Ditch'n" that could have either come from the BP oil spill or when prehistoric dinasours walked on what used to be earth before it became Bikini Bottom.
    • But it could also be the Pacific because of the moive. It appeared the Shell City was either Australia, right by the California coast, or near area where Mexico and California share a boarder.
    • Word of God says that it's under Bikini Atoll, which is in the middle of the Pacific.

Bikini Bottom is an official part of the Marshall Islands.
That means that SpongeBob and co. are citizens of the Marshall Islands. This also explains why they use dollar as a currency, since the Real Life Marshall Islands country also uses the US dollar as their currency.
  • That depends on if Bikini Atoll is part of the Marshall Islands
    • Bikini Atoll is indeed part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which would explain why the characters speak English, as it (as well as Marshallese) is an official language of the Marshall Islands.

Bikini Bottom is the former capital city of a much larger ocean country of the same name
Notice how Bikini Bottom apparently has a national anthem (during the segment where Plankton in a Krabs robot tries to pry the formula out of Spongebob), but major government offices are not by default located there (Spongebob wonders if "the president" is in town during a police chase and most of the Neptune incarnations' residences are implied to not be near the area, implying neither of them is usually there), and has a number of distant historical objects and events that took place in the approximate area (the cleanliness war reenactment and the statue of Spongebob's western ancestor buried beneath years of jellyfish wastes), the presence of many things that would likely fit better in a city of decent size and age (the numerous attractions like the Goo Lagoon beach, multiple large banks, Glove World/Glove Universe, several distinct stores, the fancy ship-in-a-bottle themed restaurant, museums, gathering areas, the Mermalair, though these all could show up individually and the last one just has to be in a convenient location to stop supervillains while still making sense), plus the presence of different cities like Rock Bottom and Tentacle Acres and culturally themed areas (shown in the pet store search for Snail Bites, either the Russian or artic pet store is in the icy wastes shown in the episode where Plankton sends everyone on a race to hold a distraction) and other decent travel distances without anything remotely mentioning international travel or borders, besides the county line in the movie separating the area closer to Shell City, and of course the numerous large roads traversed by bus.

  • This all leads me to believe Bikini Bottom is just a larger and older and former capitol kind of city in an oceanic network.

    • While the country is still named after it they decided to relocate government due to safety issues like fishing, the nearby volcanic activity, relatively close proximity to dangerous areas like the near-to-Shell-City county with its high crime rate and fish-catching raids by the cyclops-figure, supervillain crime (Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy appear to have stopped the very real attacks by their rogues gallery several times before going into partial retirement, and at some point more superheroes were needed), dangerous ruins (Two of the videogames show an area where multiple shipwrecks occured, and a submarine and radioactive waste and a hibernating abyss-inhabiting monster are shown to be just sitting there for who knows how long in the show), hostile environment (Sea-bears and a sea-rhinoceros roam the streets unimpeded at one point, plus the within-catapult-range jungle and occasional large-scale weather episodes), and such madness.

Bikini Bottom takes place somewhere either on the Pacific coast or on the Gulf of Mexico coast somewhere in the distant future.

  • It could go either way. There is a tar pit that was shown in "Ditch'n" that could have either come from the BP oil spill or when prehistoric dinasours walked on what used to be earth before it became Bikini Bottom.
    • But it could also be the Pacific because of the movie. It appeared the Shell City was either Australia, right by the California coast, or near area where Mexico and California share a boarder.
    • Word of God says that it's under Bikini Atoll, which is in the middle of the Pacific

    Episodes 
The sand war scenes in the episode "Sand Castles in the Sand" is nothing but a representation of SpongeBob and Patrick's imaginations during their sexual roleplay.
  • Just watch the episode with this theory in mind. There are many, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY Ho Yay moments.
    • For example, the part where SpongeBob bends over and pulls the frisbee out of his butt, and before that it looked like it was his bulging crotch in his pants. There are a few others I don't remember now, just like there are in most post-movie episodes.
    • Anyway, they are both bored when they have nothing to do but sit in the sand, and so they begin to build sand castles.
      • It starts out realistic, but then it seems to become more and more fantastic and seemingly imaginary.
    • So, they're bored and forced to sit around. You do the math.
    • The imagined sand castle segments turn into a war, with SpongeBob and Patrick against each other. Aggressive, dominating sex play is not uncommon with male couples, so it makes sense that it'd get kind of rough and they'd end up in pain in the end.
    • I think this an incredibly broken theory. Wordof God never said they were even homosexuals...
      • Word of God never said they WEREN'T homosexuals either
      • Word of God did state they weren't homosexual. It was stated they were asexual, so this is jossed.

The episode "Procrastination" where SpongeBob had an assignment on writing an essay is actually Mrs. Puff's revenge plot
Ok, here goes like this. Mrs. Puff knew SpongeBob was dumb and perfectionist, so she thought an essay would be the perfect way of shattering his psyche. Before, Mrs. Puff told everyone that there is no essay, and when SpongeBob came, everyone pretended that there was an essay. To make the plot more successful, Mrs. Puff cancelled all classes following the essay writing under the guise of a teachers' conference.
  • It is implied that this was a case in episode itself: if you watch the episode, look around from 00:20 to 00:40, you will notice that Mrs. Puff is giggling while giving the assingment and when she specifically says that essay was to be written next day and she said that there should be no goofing off, she looked suspiciously happy and sported a Slasher Smile/Psychotic Smirk while saying it. Especially when she said no goofing off, knowing that SpongeBob is a perfectionist and would not goof off if he was told to.

"Greasy Buffoons", "One Coarse Meal", and "The Cent Of Money" compromise a story arc.
The episodes have a similar plot. Mr. Krabs going over the Moral Event Horizon and not jumping back like he did in "The Krusty Sponge" and other episodes. The Cent Of Money causes even SpongeBob to turn against him.
  • It would be sort of Odd for them to make Krabs a villain and then make him a good guy in the movie, unless the theory about Krabs suffering a Disney Villain Death in the true finale actually happens.
  • If "Greasy Buffoons" and "One Coarse Meal" are part of a story arc, then "The Other Patty" represents the end of this arc, as SpongeBob (sort of) rekindles the friendship between Plankton and Krabs.

The episode "Club SpongeBob" is 1984 told in a (massively) Lighter and Softer way.
Squidward is Winston, who is systematically broken mentally by the Party / the Club until he loves Big Brother / the Magic Conch Shell.

The episode "I Had an Accident" is the true canon ending, and since then, all of the episodes were imagined by SpongeBob.
In the episode, SpongeBob decides that the only safe place for him is inside, alone. He makes imaginary friends out of a penny, a used napkin, and a potato chip. After a while, SpongeBob's mind starts to break down and he merges the identities of his old friends into those of his imaginary playthings (explaining their flanderization). He also gets more of said playthings to represent the other characters. SpongeBob eventually hid somewhere in his house to escape from people trying to come in looking for him, and is presumed dead. SpongeBob's friends mourned him and eventually went on with their lives, as real people tend to do. Gary is also dead because SpongeBob neglected to feed him, preferring to think of Gary as one of his imaginary friends and ignoring the real one (though, Gary's death does inspire the part of his old mind that still exists to play out the plot of "Where's Gary?"). Eventually, SpongeBob even assigns his own identity to an inanimate object, which is why he was flanderized along with all the others. And The Movie takes place after Patrick, in a bout of depression, revisits SpongeBob's old house to reminisce, only to discover SpongeBob still alive, but insane. He brings SpongeBob to his senses, leading into the plot of The Movie, after he has decided to go out again and continue his life, and revealed to everyone that he isn't dead. Though, he did have to get a new snail; he got one that looked exactly like Gary and named it Gary so that he wouldn't have to tell anyone about the original Gary's demise.
  • Waitasec, though, Gary has previously shown he's a bit of a genius, but just can't communicate to members of Bikini Bottom that can talk. He's clearly smart enough to be able to escape and find food. (Most pets are able to do this, anyways, even without being intelligent.)
    • Maybe Gary was adopted by someone else after he left. SpongeBob replaced Gary because the person who adopted Gary moved far away.

SpongeBob Meets the Strangler was a Batman Gambit by SpongeBob.
SpongeBob knew he couldn't find a bodyguard, so he pretended to hire a disguised Strangler. He almost gave it away when he said "Don't mention it, Strangler! I mean bodyguard."

"Best Day Ever" was about SpongeBob doing exstacy
In the long version of the song, he mentions a great deal of things that only a doped up person would do or say.
1."Just spent an hour tying my shoe".
  • He has no dexterity, due to drugs.
2." Those clouds can't hurt me"
  • Almost like some fear of clouds was clouding his veiw of the day.
3."Every flower, every grain of sand, is reaching out to shake my hand"
  • Is there really anything else that needs to be said, about a guy who comminicates with sand.
4. Not to mention he missed various parts of the Big Day. Namely the finale, Squidwards show.
  • Squidward never has any fans so to have a full house, and an applause, has to be within the mind of a junkie.


X, Coke, Heroine, Weed, 'Shrooms. You choose, point is he was higher than a Homerun on the moon

What about "sea"weed ?

"Just One Bite" is a parody or at least a reference of how kids get other kids to do drugs.
I'm not ripping off anything off the "Krabby patties are made of Cocaine theory". Despite it being to true and more apparently very obscene for Nickolodeon's taste I won't contradict it. I got that idea when I first watched that show. Squidward was the stoic protagonist and SpongeBob is the antagonist. After the episode Squidward must of went to rehab, because how else did he go back to hating Krabby Patties?
  • After his major O Ding on Krabby Patties and subsequent exploding, Squidward probably decided he'd had more than enough of the things.

The episode "Squid Bob Tentacle Pants" is an allusion to CatDog.
Not the actually 'being fused together-part' by itself, but think about it. The two characters who are combined are Squidward (smart, sophisticated, but not so cheery and easily annoyed) and SpongeBob (hyperactive Man Child who is overly optimistic and ruins the other person's life continually). Sound familiar?

Also: "We're like brothers...only closer."

Well, I'd say the episode is more like a Shout-Out to The Fly. Well, not the part with Squidward and SpongeBob of course, but the end with that weird Squidward-Spongebob-Patrick-Sandy-Pearl-Mr. Krabs-Mrs. Puff abomination, which could probably make some people imagine what would've happened if Stathis hadn't shot out the cables to the telepod Veronica was trapped in. And Sandy's teleportation device seems to bear a slight resemblance to Brundle's telepods.

"Karate Choppers" was not a metaphor for anything
Alternatively, SpongeBob should have caused more of an uproar when he attacked that customer. And Mr. Krabs.
  • Sorry but you're not making any sense here. Can you elaborate a lot more or at least elaborate at all.
  • The hot sauce drop was probably the results of SB getting stoned the night before.

Episodes "Chum Bucket Supreme", "Chum Caverns" are possibly Author's Saving Throw
In episodes "Plankton's Regular", Plankton gets one single customer, but Mr. Krabs won't allow him to have one and in the end the said costumer didn't like Plankton's food in the first place and Mr. Krabs laughed at Plankton's misery, but after that episode there were episodes like "Chum Bucket Supreme", where Plankton gets a lot of costumers, but Krabs is not so antagonistic as he was in "Plankton's Regular" and in "Chum Caverns" where Plankton also gets a lot of costumers, Mr. Krabs is not as antagonistic as he would be in "Plankton's Regular". While both episodes end with Plankton losing, the fact remains that Plankton gets a lot of costumers and Mr. Krabs wasn't outright evil like in other episodes. In "Greasy Buffons", Plankton also got a lot of customers and while Mr. Krabs was villainous, he still didn't want to make Plankton as miserable as he tried to do in "Plankton's regular".

The writers probably realized that in "Plankton's Regular" Mr. Krabs was too mean and Plankton's misery was too cruel, so they intentionally made Plankton to get a lot of costumers in later episodes to compensate for his misery in "Plankton's Regular" and they made Mr. Krabs nicer in those episodes, after realizing that he was too cruel in that episode, they intended for Plankton to lose, but due to his shortcomings and not of torment from Mr.Krabs, so they have satisfied their viewers: have bad guy lose, but still throwing him bone and have Mr. Krabs remain a hero and not outright evil.

Episodes after Plankton's Regular where Mr. Krabs is also villainous are another possible Author's Saving Throw and possible Deconstruction
The same troper continues the idea above. If you noticed up until "Plankton's Regular", Spongebob was an extreme doormat to Mr. Krabs, but after that episode Spongebob began to question Mr. Krabs' methods and objected to his evil schemes and is disgusted by Mr. Krabs's behavior in later episodes where Mr. Krabs is a villain. After "Plankton's Regular" came "The Krabby Kronicle" where Mr. Krabs forces Spongebob to write lies about his friends in newspaper and those lies ruins their lifes and forces Spongebob to work to death on the newspaper. Spongebob becomes disgusted by this and writes a story about Mr. Krabs and his cruelty and how he forced him to work to death and writes lies about his friends. In "No Hat For Pat", he is disgusted by Mr. Krabs treatment of Patrick, in "Greasy Buffons" he is disgusted by Krabs, who was selling rotten and poisonous greasy food for profit and it hurt Patrick, in "One Coarse Meal" Spongebob was disgusted by Mr. Krabs dressing as Pearl and scaring Plankton and laughing when he found out that Plankton was going to commit suicide because of him and Spongebob tells it to Plankton and tells Mr. Krabs own secret fear and he was absolutely furious at Mr. Krabs in "The Cent Of Money" where he dragged him around town, continuously injuring Gary with the bombardment of magnetically attracted coins, all the while stealing from people. Finally, when we saw how injured Gary had became, Krabs didn't care and said he looked fine and went to attract a wave of coins before Spongebob arrived, crushing Krabs into hospitalization. The writers probably realized that Spongebob was also too mean in "Plankton's Regular" and wanted to make Spongebob a nicer character and not to make him as evil as Krabs. Keep in mind that Spongebob is the main character and we should see everything he does as good things and writers realized that Spongebob was just as much of a villain as Mr. Krabs in Plankton's Regular and didn't want to make children's favorite hero a villainous follower of his Jerkass boss, so all the objections and disgust from Spongebob of Mr. Krabs' tactics in following episodes is a compensation for his actions in "Plankton's Regular" an attempt to make Spongebob a clear hero and not an extreme doormat and make him more likable and heroic and to satisfy their viewers. Later episodes like "One Coarse Meal", "The Krabby Kronicle", "No Hat For Pat", :The Cent Of Money" and "Greasy Buffons" are possibly [[Deconstruction deconstructions]] of Mr. Krabs's evil, showing that Mr. Krabs is so evil and cruel, that his evil ruins everyone's lives around him and that even his best frycook and loyal friend is disgusted by his acts. The writers could have made Mr. Krabs nicer, but instead wanted to show that Mr. Krabs' pursuit of money and his treatment of Plankton has turned him into a worse person and his actions ruin everyone's lives and even his own loyal friend and frycook hates his behavior. The writers wanted to show the consenquences of Mr. Krabs' behavior and after "One Coarse Meal", possibly the most hated episode of the series, they realized that they made Mr. Krabs too mean and wanted to make him much nicer, so Mr. Krabs becoming much nicer in recent episodes is another Author's Saving Throw to make Mr. Krabs likable and show his nice side, as is Mr. Krabs finally getting karma in "The Cent Of Money" (crushed by a tidal wave of money) and "No Hat For Pat" (clothes ripped off). "Plankton's Regular" could be considered the turning point of the series, due to this theory and the one above.

Every episode of SpongeBob takes place in an alternate universe.
This would explain the complete lack of continuity.
  • Jossed in "New Leaf".

The episode Selling Out is a commentary on the show's changes.
  • Mr. Krabs represents Stephen Hillenberg
  • Carl represents Paul Tibbit
  • Howard Blandy and his cronies represent the Nickelodeon executives
  • Spongebob and Squidward represent either the fans or the voice actors.
  • The Krabby O'Monday's represents the post-movie seasons.

"One Coarse Meal" is displayed as a Mook Horror Show
Here we have Mr. Krabs torturing Plankton for seventeen days by stalking him in a whale costume. Plankton is driven to the point where he refuses to leave his post and even when he attempts to get himself ran over on the road. Complete with a nightmare about being chased, swallowed, and even digested by Pearl prior to this.
  • Did the writers read about this trope and make an episode of it?

"A Pal for Gary" was actually just a bad dream
"A Pal for Gary" is one episode you would never want to see again (and if you haven't seen it, don't bother looking). It left many fans outraged and embittered, mainly due to SpongeBob's stupidity being flanderized beyond all belief at that time.
  • I say this event didn't really happen. Rather, it was a glimpse of a nightmare from Gary, who feared about the consequences of SpongeBob getting another pet, as well as his owner's naive tendencies.
  • Not just that, but the ending is all a lie. He said that he would always take Gary to work, but in later episodes, he doesn't. In the movie, which is canonically the ending, he doesn't. At least, the ending was just a bad dream.
    • New theory: Gary had this nightmare sometime after running away from home in "Have You Seen This Snail?". SpongeBob is particularly neglectful (at least until later) in the episode; his obsession over the Dirty Bubble challenge manifested itself into the form of Puffy Fluffy in the mind of Gary.

"Sleepy Time" and "Suds" are part of the same story arc
The events of "Sleepy Time" were a surreal fever dream that took place when Sponge was being taken to the hospital. This explains why "Sleepy Time" is slightly "off" and people's actions seem out-of-character and antagonistic.

"Doing Time" took place after "Demolition Doofus"
In "Doing Time", Mrs. Puff said this quote after being incarcerated:
"Mrs. Puff: Ok, you can do this, Puff. You can get through this without losing your sanity. Oh, that's a road we don't want to go down again."
Chances are she was referring to her psychopathic rage in "Demolition Doofus". Notice that her dislike of SpongeBob is more prominent in "Doing Time" compared to most other pre-movie episodes.

Spongebob: You're Fired takes place in Season 1, shortly after Help Wanted
Mr. Krabs underestimates Spongebob's usefulness and overestimates his own cooking skills, meaning this probably takes place before that episode where Mr. Krabs bred the appetizer monster and realizes he's a terrible chef. Squidward's a jerk but not overly so, and even goes out of his way to save Spongebob from those restaurant mascots, and isn't shown to hate Spongebob as much as he does in later episodes ("I hate the smell of burnt Krabby Patties even more than you") meaning this must take place before all those Squidward torture porns that depict Spongebob going out of his way to ruin Squidward's life. Patrick as dumb in this episode as in most post-movie ones (he, surprisingly, knows the meaning of "fired" and tries helping Spongebob out of his slump rather than trying to make things worse like in other episodes), and this might even take place right after "Tea at the Treedome" since Sandy doesn't seem to have a lot of interaction with Patrick in this and labels him a "freeloader". And Spongebob himself doesn't go out of his way to try and annoy anyone, rather the annoyance comes because he's so depressed from being fired. Also, Spongebob acts as if this is the first time he's been fired even though he already has been in "Karate Choppers", meaning it might take place even before that.

"Just One Bite" is a metaphor for Christianity
Why? Because Spongebob is seen as an angel, but squidward says he has no soul, before showing a hell like world. This implies Squidward is an atheist as well.

There existed an alternate ending to "Band Geeks" that never aired.
To be specific, an ending where Squidward's band played well at the Bubble Bowl for all of three seconds before everything fell into disaster, causing the crowd to boo and Squilliam to smugly mock Squidward enough to push him into a depression. The episode ends with Squidward huddled up in bed looking miserable, before Spongebob and the band show up at his house to play music for him in an attempt to cheer him up, but their bad playing only makes things worse for him. As it turned out, the animation staff vastly preferred the ending we all know, and the alternate ending is never talked about, though the idea of Squidward's efforts in trying to outdo Squilliam, only to end in failure was re-done for "Squilliam Returns."

This show is not gonna be as happy as it was starting in season 10. There's gonna be a new episode that starts a new story arc.
In Bikini Bottom, Pacific Ocean, SpongeBob Square Pants wakes up after having a dream about his last moment with his father Harold. Once he arrives at Mrs. Puff's Boating School, he realizes she is early because the clocks in her home were set forward by an hour. She meets with other people at the school who arrived early, including Sandy Cheeks, the head of the school's archery club; Squidward tentacles, a new member of the archery club; Freddy Tentacles, Squidward's older brother; Poppy Puff, one of the schoolteachers; Sheldon Plankton, the student council president; and an unknown red-haired fish fixing a heater for Plankton. After school, SpongeBob performs a summoning ritual and summons a Servant of the Patrick class, much to his displeasure, as he hoped to summon a Servant of the Saber class. Patrick is initially dissatisfied with SpongeBob, who uses one of his Command Seals to order Patrick to listen to all of his orders. While the order is worded vaguely and therefore pointless, Patrick admits that he now realizes her skill as a mage. The next day, SpongeBob skips school and shows Archer around the city, revealing to him that he has no wish for the Holy Grail, only a desire to win. The following day, SpongeBob senses a magical barrier being set up at school. As night falls, SpongeBob attempts to destroy the barrier, but is then confronted by another Servant, identified as being of the Lancer class, who engages Patrick in a sword-fight. As they battle, Patrick correctly deduces that Lancer is in fact the ancient Irish hero St. Uncle Patrick. The battle is witnessed by a student, whom Lancer pursues and mortally wounds before fleeing. Finding the student's body, SpongeBob identifies him as the same red-haired boy who was helping Plankton, and decides to use magic to revive him. After leaving, SpongeBob and Patrick realize that Lancer's Master will sense that the student has survived and have Lancer finish the job. They head over to the suburbs to save the student, only to be attacked by another Servant, whom SpongeBob identifies as belonging to the Saber class.

     Miscellaneous 

Spongebob shares the same universe with Jimmy Neutron
In the Jimmy Neutron episode "Operation Rescue Jet Fusion", when Jimmy and co. are swimming for Jet Fusion's tracking device, right behind them is a conspicuously placed pineapple...
  • But SpongeBob is animated in 2D and Jimmy Neutron is animated in 3D. It could just be a coincidence.
  • Considering Spongebob's universe is no stranger to Medium Blending, what with the use of live action, cut-outs, stop motion, and CGI all being present in the show at one point or one recurring occasions alongside the hand-drawn animation, it doesn't make the theory any less plausible. And concerning how a CGI cartoon like Jimmy Neutron could possibly coexist with the live action segments of Spongebob (which on occasion use Medium Blending as well), that could probably be chalked up to a matter of artistic license of visual perception.

The infamous scene with the anemone from Your Shoe's Untied wasn't originally a porn or something other inapproriate.

In Spongebob Squarepants Wiki, the scene is known as Coral TV, which is possibly a famous Bikini Bottom channel that shows corals and anemones. One day, when Bikini Bottom was trading with land animals, Coral TV found nature documentaries of sea life that were made by humans. Coral TV put them on, and Bikini Bottomites were offended, because it was made by humans and so casted them as wild animals. They tried to cancel it, but Coral TV so liked them that it turned mentioned documentaries to anemone porn. And the rest is history.

Tentacle Acres is a ghetto.
Let's face it - Bikini Bottomites hate Squidward. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that they hate the entire race of neurotic six-tentacled octopi, and the only ones who realize the true purpose of the Acres are the members of the Cephalopod Lodge.
  • Squilliam neither seems to be living in Tentacle Acres or a member of the Lodge. Possibly due to being rich, he is one of the few members of his race to win the respect of the Bikini Bottomites.

There are many different lobsters in Bikini Bottom that all look alike.
This is why, in some of the new episodes, "Larry" doesn't recognize Spongebob.

It's because it's not Larry, it's a different lobster.

Krabby Patties are made with sea beef.

What's sea beef, you ask? It's the under water equivalent of cow beef. It comes from sea cows!

Considering the fact that The Movie is canon as the finale...
The episode "Band Geeks" is probably canon as the last TV episode. I mean, seriously, it is widely considered the best for the series, as well as Squidward finally being happy, it's just so obvious.

  • It doesn't really have to be.

The reason littering appears to be treated as a very serious crime is...
  • Just because they're underwater. Garbage that seems harmless in our world is known to be deadly to undersea life. Anyone who's seen the movie Happy Feet knows how dangerous it is for an animal to get stuck in a bit of trash.
    • Alternatively, it's a poorly executed Green Aesop.
      • Doubtful. There's never an explanation as to why it's treated so seriously, there's nothing to indicate that it's supposed to be for more than humor.
      • Then again, given the fact that nuclear testing took place here, trash does have the potential to do worse things given the right baby steps.
    • To add on, trash in the ocean has been known to cause more problems than just animals getting stuck in them. There was an incidence in real life where some well-intentioned but ill-informed people threw used tires into the ocean in an attempt to create an artifical reef. One of the reasons it failed as a project was toxins released from the tires and into the ocean. Not to mention that underwater, trash is more prone to moving around.

Santa was all a dream (or a fatigue induced hallucination).
  • When Squidward gave all his things and SpongeBob came and told him about Santa, the moment SpongeBob walked away, Squidward passes out from running around and not having any sleep. Him seeing Santa after that is a dream. Alternatively, Squidward didn't fall asleep and just had a fatigue induced hallucination.
    • That would explain those spazzes that made Santa look as if he was drugged.

The Original Captain Magma (the man who originally wore Squidward's costume) is the Son of Professor Magma
  • He shouts "krakatoa" because his mother was an Indonesian Woman, the costume functioned as a containment devise.

The Original Captain Magma becomes Professor Magma after contracting a Mutation disease.
  • It altered his appearance permanently in exchange for enhanced power and increased intelligence (hence the title "Professor").

The Krabby Patty secret formula is human blood (what's counted as a human in Bikini Bottom)

The reason nobody else is able to make Krabby Patties is because in each batch of Krabby Patties SpongeBob puts a drop of his blood on the patties; nobody else would think of that. In the episode "Plankton's Army", Mr. Krabs only told Squidward that Plankton wasn't the secret ingredient so he wouldn't quit. In a way plankton is in fact the secret ingredient since they are easy to find and catch. If Mr. Krabs sees one he will catch it and use its remains in the Krabby Patties. This is also why Krabby Patties are healthy—when you eat them you can use the blood for sustenance.

  • And it somehow makes that Mr Krabs as a doctor scene have some sense.

The Krabby Patty secret formula does indeed contain plankton.
Mr. Krabs just doesn't want anyone to know about it, and thus lied to Squidward. Considering whales are shown as fully sentient, and in "One Coarse Meal" it's shown that they eat sentient plankton...then at the very worst, eating plankton would be considered taboo. Plankton refuses to believe this is true, so deludes himself into thinking that isn't the case. And let's face it, Mr. Krabs is cruel enough to do this for money.

Sir Mixalot ships Patrick/SpongeBob and Squidward/SpongeBob.
For a Burger King commercial, Mixalot wrote a version of his one-hit wonder praising the squareness of SpongeBob's... er... pants, the gist being (quote) "Squid and seastar can't deny." Given that the original song was about how men find big butts irresistible, the lyrics must state Mixalot's belief that Patrick and Squidward find SpongeBob's geometric ass attractive.
  • Don't remind me of the GOD-awful Burger King commercial.

There is no "secret formula", and if there was, it was not important to the Krabby Patty.
Mr. Krabs is just using it to mess with Plankton. What makes the patties so good are the fry cooks. SpongeBob made the patties out of authentic love and not for the purpose of bringing in money. Notice that any time Squidward tried to cook the patties, their secret formula didn't save them from being awful.

Continuing on this, the actual ingredients are awful.
The actual ingredients are just as bad, if not worse than Plankton. Krabs is clearly a cheapskate, so he doesn't bother with decent materials. However, his incredible skills manage to mask this, even make the food taste good. This why he hired SpongeBob in the first place-he's creative and skilled enough to find a way for the food to taste good. Squidward's apathy towards fry-cooking is why his Krabby Patty's taste terrible. If Plankton was as creative as SpongeBob, the Chum Bucket would have plenty customers.

The Secret Formula to Krabby Patties includes crab meat.
It's why Mr. Krabbs makes such a big deal about keeping it a secret, despite the recipe being useless unless you have a decent fry-cook (as one of the above theories states). If the folks of Bikini Bottom knew he was chopping up his own kind, possibly his own relatives even, for the sake of hamburgers, he'd be run out of town for sure! And he couldn't make money from the Krabby Patty if he was on the lam!
  • Or he's using aquatic wildlife in general, already dead so he doesn't have to do any dirty work.
    • That would make senses since crabs are scavengers.
    • Or maybe they're made from non-sentient creatures. The show has some of those (sea horses, the lion in Plankton's gladiator show, possibly jellyfish).
      • Yeah. "Blackened Sponge" had Sandy herding some sea cows. I assume that's what patty meat is made from.
  • Of course, unless no one knows what chum really is, maybe they just don't care enough to run cannibals out of town...
    • Depends on what species Mr Krabs is harvesting. In the Fry Cook Games, no-one called out the guy selling "fish-sticks." This hints that eating sentient creatures is legal. There's likely a taboo on it, so Krabs keeps things secret.
    • Anyone who's tried to lure sharks knows what chum is: fish blood, fish oil, fish chunks, etc. The Bikini Bottom cops are extremely incompetent.

All analogies to water seen in Bikini Bottom (such as Goo Lagoon, but can also be boiling 'water', tears, etc.) are actually oil.
If it was simply water, there wouldn't be anything to see; it'd become part of the mass of seawater around them. Even if you refuse to accept the rest, you have to admit that Goo Lagoon is made up of a nasty oil spill. The rest can be explained as side effects of the pollution.
  • Actually, it's mentioned in one episode by the narrator it's mud. I have NO IDEA how taps work, though.
  • Maybe the water is brine.
    • And the seas are the equivalent of those underwater lakes.
  • Battle For Bikini Bottom says that it's goo. Make sense, because, well, GOO Lagoon?
  • Guys, in this series, Water Is Air. I willingly suspend my disbelief

The series will end with SpongeBob confessing to Sandy, or trying to.
Or at least him trying to ask her on a date. Think about it. Multiple official sources/medias have stated he likes Sandy however it's a "secret crush". That crush has gone nowhere in the past ten years or so. It seems OOC of the writers to add romance in while the series is going and actually keep it. So it makes sense it would happen during the finale.
  • I bet my money on it happening in the series.

The Secret Formula is love.
In the episode Neptune's Spatula, we NEVER see SpongeBob put on anykind of "secret" formula. However, he does read it a bedtime book. SpongeBob also is seen in other episodes giving loads of attention and care to them. Neptune, who makes the patties perfectly but coldly, loses because love is the secert formula. Its also what makes SpongeBob SquarePants such a good fry cook, because its his nature, and why Plankton cannot make anything edible. Mr Krabs keeps does not realize it to the public because when they realize that all you need to do to make good food is to treat it OK, many, better food seller will use it and make Krabs go out of buisness.
  • Perhaps Krabs is a jerkass because he's rationing love for the Krabby Patties...
    • He pours his heart and soul into the Krabby Patties, leaving barely anything. Plankton's such a bad cook because he lacks any passion for cooking, and is doing it solely out of his rivalry with Krabs. He pours all his love into his inventions, hence Karen. Mr Krabs has become a worse person due to removing almost all love in his body to make Krabby Patties because they aren't selling well.
  • And wasn't there an episode where Pearl gets hungry (on a growth spurt or "spout") and SpongeBob feeds her a krabby patty, and she is suddenly fine? (I can't remember the episode name, it was probably "Growth Spout") Mr. Krabs asks what the secret was (because he'd been feeding her all night), and SpongeBob says "It was love, Mr. Krabs. It was love." Sure seems like a likely candidate for the secret ingredient.
  • In Plankton's Army, it is revealed that "a cup of love" is a separate ingredient in the recipe.
  • The secret formula can't have love in it. Plankton stole the formula in The Movie, and people enjoyed the patties. And there, Plankton was the complete opposite of love. The only way it would make sense is if you can substitute love with a very warped version.
  • I think the secret formula is love. SpongeBob makes patties with love, and that's why they're great. Mr. Krabs is now a jerkass because he siphoned all his love into the krabby patties back when the former fry cook didn't love making them. Squidward doesn't love making krabby patties, and that's why his cooking is terrible. Same with Plankton. In the movie, Plankton siphoned some guy's love out and put it into the Krabby Patties. We don't see this guy, of course, but a WMG's a WMG.
  • To carry on with this, Chum also has a secret ingredient... Hatred. And it actually is just as good as a Krabby Patty. The reason Plankton can't make it is because the "hate" he puts into it is actually envy and greed. Squidward, on the other hand, is genuinely hateful of pretty much everything, which is why his chum is so good that, when eating it, SpongeBob forgets what a Krabby Patty is.

The Bartender in the Movie put something in the ice cream to make the boys 'drunk.'
Why do I always get the nuts?
  • I think that was a joke on them getting hyped up on sugar. Like, "sugar high".
  • I always just assumed that everything at the nut bar would have been slightly alcoholic anyway, since it was made up like a bar area. Just that SpongeBob and Patrick are lightweights.
    • And they had way too much.
    • And they stayed up all night doing it.

The magic conch shell is an item in a mass religion
Think about it, In the episode where SpongeBob and Patrick ask questions to the magic conch, the explorer that finds them also has a conch. Who's to say that there may not be thousands of other followers of the magic conch...
  • This troper always thought that was a shout out to Lord of the Flies.
  • ALL HAIL THE MAGIC CONCH!!!

Alternatively to and based on the WMG above, the magic conch is Inglip.
Warning: Ridiculous.
Both blurt out random-like stuff when you ask them something, and both seem to be completely pointless. I think i just found something else Inglip uses to communicate with humans.
  • YES. ALL HAIL INGLIP.

The Movie is the end of the series.
This is why King Neptune is balding and has a daughter, plus there's the whole ending and the Krusty Krab 2.
  • Alternately (about King Neptune and his daughter) perhaps there are two Neptunes—King Neptune the king and King Neptune the god. Maybe the king was named after the god (or vice versa).
    • This. I've been saying this since the movie came out. King Neptune is not necessarily the god Neptune, kind of like Jesus is a very common first name but not everyone named Jesus is Jesus Christ.
  • Confirmed by Word of God.
    • The movie definitely happened way after the timeline of the series. I realized this when Patrick kept saying road, road, road. At first it seems like just a lame thing to make you laugh because you think it's an echo when really it's just him saying road over and over. But, if you watch new episodes of the series, if you remember the Road Song they sing in "A Squarepants Family Vacation", it starts out by patrick repeatedly saying road. Patrick probably was just reminded of the song and said "sorry" because it was clear SpongeBob wasn't in the mood to join in.
  • However, a second movie is being made. So it's anyone's guess.

They are what happened to all the members of Lost

SpongeBob is Sawyer

Mr.Krabs is Jack

Squidward is Ben

Sandy is Walt

And Patrick is Kate

SpongeBob Invented Water bending.
By carefully controlling the flow of water through his holes, and controlling a swarm of cells detached from his body floating around him, he invented waterbending.

It will end soon
It's over ten years old. It should be ending soon. Remember Rugrats and how much Nick loved it? Then it went away, eventually.

The series isn't in Chronological order
The episodes after the movie take place before it, sometime between the last episode before the movie and the movie itself. SpongeBob and Patrick went into a temporary state of extreme immaturity and annoyance, and began becoming more mature, until the end of the movie where they've become respectable adults. That explains the OOC behavior of the characters post-movie and the lack of characters from the movie being mentioned. Any episode with explicit references to the movie, such as the ones with KK2 in them, are: A. Episodes taking place before the movie but with episodes with events similar to the ones in the movie taking place before them. B. A dream. C. Take place after the movie.
  • Likewise, the last episode will be after the movie.

Old Man Jenkins is number 2 from The Prisoner
  • Think about it- he keeps popping up as different fish people, and he is also willing to complain/nag to everyone like number 2 did to number 6.

There are many more than 2 Krusty Krabs
  • Starting with the Krusty Krab 2, Mr. Krabs expanded his empire to numerous other restaurants, all of which he expects SpongeBob and Squidward to maintain by themselves. Whenever a Krusty Krab is destroyed at the end of an episode, it is not rebuilt off-screen, but is simply abandoned. Whenever the Chum Bucket is not visible across the street or a landmark is closer or further from the Krusty Krab than previously shown, this is a different restaurant from the original Krusty Krab.

Season 4 onwards actually is set after the movie
  • The giant "2" on top of the Krusty Krab 2 was not meant to be canon, and was purely a visual identification for the audience; KK2 still exists, along with many other Krusty Krabs (see above).
  • SpongeBob and Patrick's Flanderization into Jerkasses was the result of a misinterpretation of the Aesop they learned at the end of the film: they thought that acting mature means acting like a dick.
  • Plankton broke out of jail (wasn't there an episode that began with him breaking out?). He still needs the formula because he never bothered to write it down, he just fed it into a machine that began cranking out Krabby Patties.
    • Alternately, he still tries to steal the formula because his first priority is running Krabs out of business- no formula, no Krabby Patties (at least in Plankton's eye).
  • King Neptune has not appeared in-person since the film, so he and Mindy's absence could be explained as the writers just forgetting about them.
    • Wrong, he appeared again in The Clash of Triton with the same appearance and voice-actor as Neptune's Spatula. No sign of Mindy, though.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick completely trashed Goofy Goober's while drunk from the ice cream, so Goofy Goobers would probably have to a) close for a little while to clean up, and b) never let SpongeBob and Patrick in again.
    • Perhaps SpongeBob and Patrick's banning from Goofy Goober is the reason they became douchebags later on?
  • Mr Krabs became Faux Affably Evil thanks to being frozen, yet still aware for days. Plankton is even more of a Butt Monkey because he crossed his own Moral Event Horizon. When he got out, Plankton became mellowed out, even shocked at himself for the lengths he went too. However Krabs is hell-bent on revenge, and wants to make his enemy as miserable as possible. He's even more of a cheapskate due to being angry that no-one helped him.

To continue with the Plankton torment, a future episode will have him developing his own secret formula for something and be very successful, even more so than Mr. Krabs.
The catch is that he developed it by accident and doesn't know some of the key ingredients. It'd be a race against time to figure them out before he runs out of product to sell. Of course, Mr. Krabs, not wanting Plankton to be successful at anything whatsoever, will actively try to steal or sabotage his formula (he's supposed to be the good guy, by the way). The episode would end with the remaining batch being destroyed (probably by SpongeBob) just before Plankton can figure out the final missing ingredient, and the recipe being Lost Forever. Plankton will end up crying on the floor in complete misery as Mr. Krabs just looks and laughs at him, as customers leave the Chum Bucket for the Krusty Krab en masse. End episode.
  • I think the creators already played on this with the "Chum is Fum!" episode.

The Patty Wagon from the movie is made from an actual hamburger, like the kind that would be eaten by humans, made of beef.
  • If you compare the size of the Patty Wagon and the "Cyclops" (and other human characters in the movie), it is sized about right for this comparison. Also, when Dennis finds a sesame seed from the car, he actually calls it a sesame seed, whereas Krabby Patties have "seaweed seeds."
    • They do use sesame seeds in the show though, in "Just One Bite" Spongebob tells Squidward that he comes to work early to "count the sesame seeds".

In Bikini Bottom, littering is a capital crime/the severity of the punishments for crimes are flipped.

This is practically canon. TONS of times, characters are punished way out of proportion just for littering. Think about it. The Tattletale Strangler (jail), Squidward (community service, CONSTANTLY) in the episode where he has to clean up Bikini Bottom, Mrs. Puff (twenty years of prison) in the episode where she crashes into the Krusty Krab, Patrick/SpongeBob (90 days) in the episode that Patrick gets a driver's license and boat, etc. Also, speeding laws do not exist. (Cops don't notice if a person is speeding through the city way too fast, they notice that the boat had no front license plate.) I'll elaborate more on this tomorrow...
  • Don't forget about Blackjack, he was also in prison for littering as well.

The SpongeBobs and Patricks at the end of "Back to The Past" ended up either getting killed or kept coming until the world was filled with them and they took over.

I got this idea from watching the episode, and wondered what happened to all those SpongeBobs and Patricks by the end. They either took over the world and made the world by their own ways or they were all killed so they didn't take over.

Most of the show is Squidward's delusions.
This would explain the Flanderization. Over time, Squidward became more fed-up with SpongeBob's childish antics and his lackluster life-breaking under the stress. SpongeBob, not the brightest bulb, didn't realise his pestering was degrading his neighbour's mental state. By the time he realised this, it was too late-Squidward began to hallucinate(which was at the beginning of the flanderization). It became a vicious cycle. When Krabs passed the Moral Event Horizon (in his hallucination, anyway) the last threads of his sanity snapped, and was trapped in his delusions. Whenever the characters act like who they were pre-flanderization, it is Squidward's mind trying to heal itself. If Krabs is no longer a Karma Houdini, it means Squidward is gaining back his sanity.

In the SpongeBob SquarePants universe, whales are fish instead of mammals.
Pearl talks underwater and breathes it just fine, instead of having to hold her breath. It was also odd that in "Karate Choppers", after saying "It's poisoning your mind", Mr. Krabs sniffs Sandy and walks away muttering "Hmm mammals" as if his own daughter was not a mammal as well.
  • Well, for one, the mutated by radiation theory might explain why Pearl doesn't breathe. Going along with the theory that Mr. Krabs raised Pearl from a very young age, he forgot she wasn't a crab.
  • Jossed in that episode where Sandy ran out of air, Pearl said that she was an air-breathing mammal.

There is a nearby town called "Bikini Top"
And probably various other swimwear towns.
  • Maybe "Bikini Top" is on the surface? Like on that island, perhaps?

All cops in Bikini Bottom are sadists

Look at the episode "Hall Monitor". The cops apparently saw Patrick was scared of the picture of the Maniac. They share a sneaky look and keep showing it to Patrick, who keeps screaming. After a while, they get bored and tell Patrick to be careful while driving off, laughing. In the episode, "The Patty Caper", at the end, where the judge sentences Mr. Krabs to give out Krabby Patties for free all day the next day, flash forward to the next day, where Mr. Krabs is screaming while two cops hold him down. As the episode ends, the cops are LAUGHING while Mr. Krabs thrashes and screams in horror.
  • Oh my god. When I was a kid, I always hated the cops for some reason, and now I know why.

In SB-129, the voices that Squidward hears saying "Alone." in the white void were the voices of other dimensional travelers who wished to be alone, and therefore became trapped in that same void.
Since Squidward got there through frantically pressing the lever in the time machine, he was sent to that void which is presumeably empty for the most part. Through various instances of scientific advances or time machine mess-ups, other people became trapped in that same void. Due to the emptiness and expanse of it, words that are spoken echo through the void. Because there is a possibility that all of the time-travelers got there through wanting to be alone, the word "Alone" was the word that echoed to Squidward. Since Squidward came with that same desire to be alone, if he hadn't found a way out of the void, he would have eventually become one of the disembodied voices.

The "Spongey Patties" from the episode "The Krusty Sponge" are made from real sponge "meat."
They caused people to turn yellow and get holes, as if they were turning into sponges, and this is reminiscent of when SpongeBob and Squidward were injected with snail plasma and turned into snails. Plus, I don't buy post-movie Mr. Krabs' explanation that some old, rotten patties "turned yellow." Plenty of fish actually ate the Spongey Patties and got sick, but if they were that rotten, no one would even go near them (let alone eat one!), like in "Born Again Krabs" when Mr. Krabs attempted to sell one patty that wasn't even bad enough to turn yellow.
  • It's been shown that SpongeBob is capable of regnerating parts of his body almost immediately, and doesn't seem to mind at all. So it's concievable that SpongeBob could do this.

There is still another Squidward in the freezer from SB-129, even if the real one is being shown in the cartoon
The real Squidward will die of natural causes eventually, so, 2,000 years later, the Squidward from the freezer thaws.

The Krabby Patty secret ingredient is Cocaine, or another highly addictive drug.

A lot of money can be made from drug dealing, and we all know how much Mr. Krabs loves money, but he can't risk getting caught and arrested, so he hides the drugs in his Patty formula. It would explain why Krabs gets so much business and has so many 'loyal customers'; they're addicted to his Patties. Plankton could also be addicted—Krabs gave him either a trial-Patty, or the drug itself, before they became business rivals (perhaps in college)—which is why he gets all sweaty and desperate when he's near a Krabby Patty. He's learned to control his addiction for the most part, but when taunted, he will relapse. He's tried to mimic Krabs 'recipe' countless times, but can't make it as well as Krabs does. Drugs would also explain why a single bite of a Krabby Patty got Squidward completely addicted.

I'm Dirty Dan

Two monotheistic religions exist in The Verse
In one episode, we see a couple discuss whether Neptune is the king of the sea, or if it is Poseidon. Of course, since we know that Neptune exists and no idea about Poseidon, this raises some questions on the writers' idea on religious tolerence...
  • Maybe it's the equivalent of Protestantism/Catholism. Poseidon came before Neptune, so Neptune would be Protestantism.

The Movie is a Christian allegory
In the movie SpongeBob leaves Bikini Bottom to save Mr. Krabs from being killed by King Neptune, he is later snatched up by the "Cyclops" and is killed by the lamp's heat. However, his, and Patrick's tears come together to form a heart, and that causes the chord to malfunction and the sprinks to come on thus this revives SpongeBob and Patrick. He then returns to Bikini Bottom to defeat Plankton, and saves the town by the Goofy Goober song.I mean, this practically makes SpongeBob a Messianic Archetype doesn't it?

The secret ingredient of the Krabby Patty is...
Drugs. Just like in McDonald's, where its been said they put morfine in the children's menu. Still don't know which one could be, but it has to be a very powerful one, capable of producing insane happyness the first time you try it. This is why no one refuses them.
  • the existance or contents of a krabby patty MUST be revealed during the final episode!
    • Didn't SpongeBob say it in "Plankton!"? Then again, it may have changed since then, and/or that description may not have been detailed enough.

The Salty Spittoon is a front for an underwater Fight Club.
Think about it. Fight Club takes place in a bar (which Salty Spittoon is the equivalent of), people are being refused access (some due to weakness, some because they're too fucking blonde, etc.) but they eventually get in if they demonstrate their toughness, usually by fighting. (If this is your first night at Fight Club, you have to fight.) Also, SpongeBob ends up out of the club because he's proven that he's not tough enough to be of any use to Project Mayhem after all, and that he didn't really beat people up with his mind, which would be of great use to them. Also, the bouncer seems to vary on how mean he is to SpongeBob, sometimes mean, sometimes telling him to get away for his own good.

The secret ingredient is thousand island dressing.
The ingredient costs less than a dollar, starts with a letter after R (Plankton had apparently tried everything in the alphabet up to "raw sewage"), and it would fit the nautical theme of the show. Also, Krabs once dressed as a clown and built a play place to entice children to come, which is similar to McDonald's. And guess what the "special sauce" on a Big Mac is?

The sounds that Squidward hear in the "Idiot Box" episode comes from his mind.
Specifically, it comes from his subconscious mind. When he's walking back and forth ranting about how SpongeBob and Patrick can produce odd sounds from imagination and being inside a box, he's in fact imagining something that those two actually imagine in the box. Everytime Squidward opens the box, the sounds disappear because he knows subconsciously that the two are stop imagining and talking to him, and when he goes inside the box with them, he hears nothing coming from them because his subconscious is subdued because he's carefully listening to them.

In other words, he has more hidden imaginations than SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • I sort of got a hunch that they weren't messing with him in the end when SpongeBob said "Squidward's got the hang of it". Meaning there was a little something to that box.

The "Cephalopod Lodge" is apparently some super freaky cult.
This could explain why the workings of this "club" aren't mentioned for two reasons really. 1, because cults especially super satanic cults don't like any outsiders in their business, 2. Because it's nickolodeon. When Squidward caused outsiders to find out the cult he must of broke some of their solemn oaths probably about it's privacy. They didn't execute Squidward because as I said it's nickelodeon so they just booted him out. Every cult has a pretty face false cover but under it is something really nasty, that's why it looks like flowers and sunshine to someone who doesn't know anything about it, unless it's some bullcrap cult.
  • More than likely, it's a reference to the Freemasons, as Masons aren't allowed to reveal the traditions and subject of meetings. Whether or not that's any better depends on your views of Masons.

In the SpongeBob universe, all of the plankton in the sea are related to (Sheldon) Plankton.
This is why he has so many relatives and they seem to all share a last name. That whole species is one big family.

Some cosmic power was intervening to bring Squidward home from the void in "SB-129".
Squidward admits that he missed his hometown, his house, and even SpongeBob; and no sooner than he says so is he immediately whisked back home. He had only banged on the (broken) controls right before that. It was like he tapped his heels together and said "There's no place like home", and then magically returned home. Whether it was the divine, magic, or something else, it almost seems like things had gone according to some plan.

Contradicting the previous theories about this subject the creator's of this show made SpongeBob appear gay for a joke.
Since the show was starting to get so popular so fast the creator's decided to add a little seasoning in it. Since the ratings were so high(meaning more money also) the creator's decided it would be okay to turn it up. What better way then add a sex topic, instead of clich'e heteresexuallity and make SpongeBob a lady killer because how many show's didn't use that? They instead made SpongeBob a little homo or at least apparently homo. When the show first started SpongeBob was a manly man despite the fact that he was weak as dirt, but still he was metaphorically a hairy chest man even when it came to jelly fishing, but since the show was already getting so popular they didn't want to ruin it by throwing in the same old routine: SpongeBob just working at his job, annoying squidward a little bit, him trying to be as man as he can be, him playing with his apparent girlfriend(sandy). Because we know that when shows do that they dry up real fast so the creator's decided to bring so many new things to the table. Instead of making SpongeBob a too good of a neighbor that sometimes annoy squidward but still is good company, instead they change him into a psychotic obssesive creep that harrases and apparently sexually covet's his neighbor, they decided to make spongebob ambigiously gay for patrick instead of just two innocent normal friends, and they shift SpongeBob from a steadily productive headsmart good employee to a psychological workaholic. Think about it, if everything or better yet everyone stayed the same from when the series began:SpongeBob just being a little eccentric sponge and not psychotic stalker, Patrick being a neighbor with at least a little common sense, Mr. Krabs not being a slavedriver to 100%, and SpongeBob not being ambiguously homo, etc. How great would the series be right now.

A sea turtle will appear as a character in a future episode. Or maybe even a penguin.
Because, hey, who was expecting an anthropomorphic seal to show up?
Pearl is apopted and Mr.Krabs saved her.
Ok, there is no way Pearl can be that realated to Mr.Krabs, There has to be a way Pearl's mother let Mr.Krabs keep pearl. If you are a Creepypasta reader, You might know what i'm talking about.
The Taylor Swift references in "Tunnel of Glove" were intentional.
  • At one point, Pearl tells SpongeBob he can "speak now". Later, SpongeBob says he will "fearlessly" lead the way.

The final episode will have Squidward getting Killed Off for Real.
It's after SpongeBob has defeated the villain (probably Mr. Krabs, Plankton, or the Flying Dutchman) and there will be a sequence where SpongeBob is looking for Squidward and finds him, crushed beneath a building. SpongeBob quickly takes Squidward to the doctor, but it's too late to save him. Squidward is about to hit SpongeBob when the latter tells the former that he saved Bikini Bottom. Squidward smiles, then confesses that all this time he had only been pretending to hate SpongeBob, and also that as a child he never had any friends. They hug, and Squidward's life slowly drains away with dramatic music. Cue Spongebob standing over Squidward's dead body, holding him and crying. Here's a tissue.

The people in Bikini Botton aren't anthropomorphic.
The reason why we see them that way is because that's how they interpret the world around them. Consider that, whenever someone gets out of the sea, they look more realistic. That's because it's what they actually look like. This would also include the enviorment: the interior of most houses would be hollow, Krabby Patties are their interpretation of hunting food(SpongeBob is really good at it), and clothes are imaginary. Their world might as well be that of Finding Nemo. And Humans Are Cthulhu is in full effect.
  • What about, for example, Mermaid Man And Barnacle Boy, Pearl, The Flying Dutchman, the Atlanteans, etc?

Zeus Cervas and Casey Alexander are trying to move the show to FOX so they can make an adult-orientated show and try to make it the next The Simpsons.
Have you seen enough evidence? With all the times they were Getting Crap Past the Radar, I think that they are just trying to move it to FOX so they can see it on FOX because they think that Nickelodeon is the worst channel and want to make Spongebob more popular than The Simpsons. But for my next one...

Stephen Hillenberg lied when he said that Spongebob was an asexual.
He did it to knock the Radars off his back and to avoid future problems with them. With Nickelodeon and the Radars clearly fooled he can now get so much sh*t past the radar and no one would not even so much as complain about it because Spongebob is so called "asexual". The whole spongebob is an asexual LIE is a poor yet effective excuse used to well "excuse" Spongebob's bizarre sexuality as well as his suspicous gestures comments and actions.

The SpongeBob movie was SUPPOSED to be the series finale.
Just like the series the movie scored so many ratings and of course pleased so many hearts that everyone demanded more episode as well as Nickelodeon to rake in more dough. Thus forcing the creators of Spongebob to come out of an intended very brief early symbollic retirement.

The 2015 film will have an Award Bait Song.
Maybe an extended cover of "This Grill Is Not A Home", sung by some some famous artists? The second Rugrats movie had one.

Eggman Nega was one of the voices in Squidward's white void
At the end of Sonic Rivals 2, Eggman Nega is sealed in another dimension. He is never seen again after that. Maybe Squidward ended up in the same void?

The series will end shortly after the sequel.
Well, come on, they already lied about the movie being the ending, so this will most likely be it. The series could still go on.
  • Most likely to be jossed. There is some evidence suggesting it will continue after the movie, plus there is a tenth season in the works.
    • And now there's an eleventh season in the back burner.

The water (not the water they breathe of course, but the water they use) is not the same as normal water.
It's denser than normal water possesing more hydrogen. Its element is H 3 O instead of the their breathing water H20.

The SpongeBob Squarepants movie is non-canon.
Think about it a bit.

The series will eventually give a What the Hell, Hero? to the main protagonists.
In essence, each of the characters who have Taken A Level In Jerkass will end up taking their flanderized character traits too far, resulting in them getting into a lot of trouble, and end up with them beginning to realize that they've gone too far. This would serve as a way of redeeming the characters in the eyes of the viewers.
  • Spongebob will end up, in stunning ignorance and obsession, finally causing Squidward's fragile psyche to snap. After having a Freak Out, Squidward will be kept under house surveillance to keep him from harming himself. Misguidedly Spongebob will try to comfort him, only to ruin his life more and drive Squidward even further down the brink. After seeing that Squidward has utterly lost it(as in "violently freaking out whenever he sees anything sponge-shaped and going catatonic"), SpongeBob will be horrified at what he's done, and begs people to figure out why. He'll realize that his naivety isn't an excuse for everything, and will keep in mind not to irritate others that much. He'll help Squidward get back his sense.

The Krabby Patty is made of chum
  • Wouldn't it be something if the one thing that has eluded Plankton all these years was right under his nose this whole time.
  • Well, in one episode, it was revealed to contain ' a pinch of chum " which explains Plankton's overuse of it.
    • But that was from Plankton's POV which was revealed to be false so he was probably lying about chum being an ingredient.

Krabby Patties actually are nutritious.
The secret ingredient may be a nutritional supplement or several of them, all of which have obscure names. The reason why Plankton hadn't discovered it is because at least part of it uses a supplement with a name alphabetically after raw sewage.

The secret ingredient or another portion of the Krabby Patty is actually a closely guarded government secret.
Krabs just so happens to have loads of dirty secrets about it that even the incompetent as hell Bikini Bottom police will treat as important (or he just has them in the bag with either lots of cash or lots of secrets). Because of this, he can afford to keep a monopoly on the ingredient(s) in question. If it doesn't start with X or anything else after r, it being something so closely guarded that even Plankton or Sandy would have no idea it existed would give Plankton a severe downside to discovering it.

Plankton would get at least sharks for customers if he bothered to cook something edible.
Chum is implied to contain lots of extremely inedible things in addition to what we consider normal chum, such as anchor rust and possibly the many dangerous scientific and biological wastes produced by the Chum Bucket's flow of scientific experiments. Presumably Squidward's recipe for fricasseed chum is much more edible, even if some or all of the herbs and spices were skipped.

The show will get at least one Spin-Off.

SpongeBob Really Exists..
But the goverment hides the truth under the name "Nickelodeon". Stephen Hillenburg discovered this back when he still a marine biologist. So the government took him and told him to hide the secret. So he created a tv show.

In the SpongeBob Universe, Spongebob is actually a TV show, and everyone in the show are just actors playing out characters for either us, or other fish.
This explains a lot, like for example it explains the continuity, and how every episode seems to not reference other episodes.

Reading someone else's diary is a major crime in Bikini Bottom
Perhaps this is why the entire town was punishing Squidward so harshly after reading SpongeBob's diary. A cop also quoted "I had a diary once. My brother read it. I had a brother once...".
  • Considering that running a stoplight on foot can give you years of jail time, I can see the Bikini Bottom Police dolling out that kind of punishment.

One day, Spongebob discard its Negative Continuity become a character development oriented show, similar to Regular Show and Adventure Time.
All flanderization will be explained, flanderized characters will be redeemed, and there will be multiple call backs that establish the presence of a continuity. Humor will be balanced out with oddly deep storytelling WHEREIN CHARACTERIZATION WILL. BE. CONSISTENT!!! ... Hey, I can dream can't I?

The show will only get be cancelled when Tom Kenny kicks the bucket.
Namely because no one else can play the character like him.

Stephen Hillenburg will return as the show-runner after the second movie
After leaving the show in 2004, it is confirmed he will be co-producing the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2. Who knows, maybe then he'll resume his position directing new SpongeBob episodes to decrease the amount of Seasonal Rot the series has suffered during his hiatus.
  • According to this interview, Hillenburg does indeed plan to get back to the show in order to brainstorm for fresh material.
    • Finally CONFIRMED by Paul Tibbit on December 10th, 2014!

A new character will be added to the main cast
A lot of Long Runners have done it, why not SpongeBob? Nickelodeon will definitely try something to ensure its top show stays on top. What better solution than to introduce a character with unique traits, who can bring in new scenarios to SpongeBob and the fans.
  • Please no. The Fairly OddParents tried this about three or four times and each attempt only made the show even worse.

The intro will change in the future
In addition to the new character part, this would also help to increase viewership. Like what many Long Runners (such as The Fairly OddParents, The Simpsons, and Family Guy) have done, SpongeBob's intro will change to a more HD look. Hopefully it will still keep that popular flute trick SpongeBob does with his nose.
  • Confirmed. As of "Sandy's Nutmare", the intro is remastered in HD.

Mr. Krabs will be a villain in the second movie.

There have been episodes where he's a selfish Jerkass, so why not have him become a villain in the second movie?
  • Jossed.

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy will appear in the second movie
I know you've heard of Ernest Borgine's death, but the fact is that Mermaid Man is now being voiced by Joe Whyte, who voiced him in the video games.
  • Jossed.

A spin-off(s) will be made after the original series ends
SpongeBob is apparently so popular that Stephen Hillenburg or someone else may want to produce a spin-off (or less likely a franchise of spin-offs) of the show. Could SpongeBob join the Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, and others in the picture?
  • Highly unlikely,considering it has been 15 years and nothing happened, plus what side character in this show is worthy of having the spotlight.

SpongeBob will have a crossover with The Fairly OddParents
These are currently the two longest-running shows on Nick. Remember the Jimmy Timmy Power Hour trilogy? Once again considering Nick's desperation for publicity, it's almost inevitable that they'll bring these two shows together someday.
  • You know, I can totally see how this would work. Not getting into much detail, Timmy could have to write an essay on Underwater Creatures, and the day before it's due, he asks Cosmo and Wanda to give him the ability to breath underwater to study the real thing. He goes underwater, and discovers the Bikini Bottom, and through a series of events, stop Plankton from once again stealing the Krabby Patty Formula. Timmy writes this all down, and makes it his essay, which Mr. Crocker doesn't believe, and gives him an F.

A future episode will reveal Pearl's origin
  • For any of you are wondering how a crab could have a whale for a daughter. If she was adopted, the episode will reveal Pearl's real parents. It will explain how/why they lost her and, after years of searching, finally find their long lost child. There will be a major Tearjerker where Mr. Krabs and Pearl say their goodbyes as the latter leaves with her family. But then under some circumstances, she will realize she was happier with Mr. Krabs and come back to him.
  • Alternatively, in a Darker and Edgier story, it will be revealed that Pearl's parents were apparently killed by whalers, caught in fishing nets, or washed up on a beach. Then in a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, Krabs will somehow discover the young orphaned Pearl and end up adopting her as his own.

The show will last as long as The Simpsons
With the titular character yet to earn his boating license and the Krabby Patty formula yet to be revealed, I think it's safe to assume that SpongeBob SquarePants - one of the most influential shows/characters today - is far from leaving us. The Simpsons is still going strong even after its air date in 1989, despite claims of Seasonal Rot.

In the upcoming movie, the characters will become human
According to this trailer, SpongeBob and his friends will finally be able to travel on land. So this theory is a possibility.
  • JOSSED. The movie is now confirmed to be about the characters becoming CGI.
    • But that doesn't mean it might not happen in a future episode.

There will be a Star Wars special
Several animated series (including Robot Chicken, Family Guy, and more recently Phineas and Ferb) have Star Wars-themed episodes. So why not SpongeBob? Below are some possible character roles.
  • SpongeBob: Han Solo
  • Patrick: Chewbacca
  • Squidward: C-3PO
  • Gary: R2-D2
  • Sandy: Princess Leia
  • Mr. Krabs: Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Plankton: Darth Vader
  • Bubble Bass: Jabba the Hut
  • Wait, what about Luke? Ok, let's just say Luke is Patchy....

Squidward's Karma is more insidious than it seems
About Squidward's toenail incident in "House Fancy"... here's some quotes from three seasons prior, in "Club SpongeBob":
SpongeBob: Why don't you ask... the Magic Conch, Squidward?
Squidward: Oh, yeah, like that'll happen. Right after I consult the Magic Toenail.note 
  • In its sister episode "My Pretty Seahorse", Squidward tells himself to remember his karma, right before tumbling down a hill and exploding.
The Rusty Krab was built in honor of Rusty Rickets.
When Rusty's Rib Eye was demolished, a retirement home was built in its place and named in tribute to the late Rusty Rickets. It eventually went bankrupt, bought out by Eugene Krabs, and the rest is history.

An episode will involve Sandy taking SpongeBob and Patrick to Texas
Instead of that rushed ending with stock images in "Rodeo Daze", it will be the focus of a special episode. This time, we would take a visit to the town Sandy grew up in and meet her family for the first time. The main villain will most certainly be a western outlaw.

The photo in 'The Secret Box' is the photo taken by Squidward in 'Christmas Who'
Think about it. The former episode aired after the latter, and Patrick said that it was an embarassing photo of Spongebob during last christmas. The only christmas episode to have aired before 'The Secret Box' (or at all) was 'Christmas Who', and in that episode, a photo of Spongebob was taken.

Dragon Ball Z is a real show in-universe
In the episode "Face Freeze", Patrick makes a face very similar to Majin Buu from DBZ (Check the Shout-Out page if you're interested). If this is true, then many other TV shows in Real Life could make the other Shout-Outs make more sense.

The Lich is the Ugly Barnacle.
He's definitely ugly in more than one way, and as a result of his wish for "the extinction of all life" everybody did die. Well, until Jake retconned the wish and life came back. Why Patrick of all people remembers is unclear.
  • I'll just assume he was friends with Prismo.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WMG/SpongeBobSquarepants