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A Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} [[AnimatedSeries animated series]] about a highly energetic sea sponge [[OpeningShoutOut who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Absorbent and yellow and porous is he. And if nautical nonsense be something you-]] okay, you probably get it.

''[=SpongeBob SquarePants=]'' is the tenth entry in the Franchise/{{Nicktoons}} series of cartoons, and is easily the most popular and iconic of them all. It is about the eponymous sea sponge, who is shaped like a kitchen sponge and [[ThePollyanna is extremely optimistic]]. He works at the local [[XtremeKoolLetterz Krusty Krab]] restaurant with his greedy boss [[SpeciesSurname Mr. Krabs]] and grumpy coworker [[GrumpyBear Squidward Tentacles]]. He and his [[TheDitz dimwitted]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners best bud]] Patrick Star mistake Squidward for a close friend, [[ButtMonkey unfortunately for]] [[OnlySaneMan him]].

[=SpongeBob=] dreams of obtaining his boating license but fails every [[DrivingTest driving test]] he takes, usually causing mass destruction and endangering his teacher [[NonGivingUpSchoolGuy Mrs. Puff]] in the process. While he may be a reckless driver, [=SpongeBob=] is a fantastic fry cook who serves delicious Krabby Patty burgers to the townspeople of Bikini Bottom. He also has a [[AccidentalHero knack for saving the day]] from the [[TheNapoleon tiny villain]] [[HarmlessVillain Plankton]] and his [[TalkingApplianceSidekick talking computer sidekick]] Karen. They own a rival restaurant called the Chum Bucket and go to desperate lengths to steal the successful the Krabby Patty formula. As proven time and time again, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption failure is the only option]] for them.

Other friends include Gary, [=SpongeBob's=] [[SapientPet smart pet snail]] who communicates by meowing like a cat; Pearl, Mr. Krabs' teenage daughter who is a [[HugeSchoolgirl gigantic sperm whale]]; and Sandy Cheeks, [=SpongeBob's=] Texas-accented squirrel friend [[FishOutOfWater who lives in an underwater dome]] and ventures forth wearing a bubble-helmet diving suit. The show is in a constant state of underwater bizarreness, frequently using the RuleOfFunny (apparently a wood fire is possible underwater as long as you [[PuffOfLogic don't point it out]]). Funnily enough, series creator Stephen Hillenburg has a degree in marine biology. Supposedly, he created a show about a sponge because he was really fed up with SmallTaxonomyPools.

The show, first broadcast in 1999, proved to be a HUGE success with both kids and adults. Kids enjoy the bright colors and silly characters while adults appreciate its writing, wit, and a long list of [[Radar/SpongebobSquarepants parental bonuses]] and [[Radar/SpongebobSquarepants Getting Crap Past the Radar]].

''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'' came out in 2004, and a second [[TheMovie movie]], ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', was released in February 2015. After the release of the first movie, Stephen Hillenburg stepped down from his position as showrunner and intended to end the franchise with a movie finale. Some ExecutiveMeddling occurred, causing Nickelodeon to quickly [[{{Uncanceled}} uncancel]] the show. Paul Tibbitt supervised the show from season 4-9, which many long-term fans consider to be [[SeasonalRot a step down]]. Once production on ''Sponge Out Of Water'' ended, it was announced that Hillenburg would return to the show in 2015. Tibbitt has since resigned to focus on a third film, leaving Hillenburg as the sole executive producer as of the tenth season.

There have also been multiple [[LicensedGame video game]] adaptations of the show and [[Theatre/TheSpongebobMusical a Broadway musical]]. For more information on the franchise as a whole, see [[Franchise/SpongeBobSquarePants the franchise page]].

The show has a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/SpongebobSquarepants Best Episode]] and a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BiggestComplaint/SpongebobSquarepants Biggest Complaint]] crowner.

!!''[=SpongeBob SquarePants=]'' contains examples of:

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* SpongeBobSquarePants/TropesAToC
* SpongeBobSquarePants/TropesDToI
* SpongeBobSquarePants/TropesJToP
* SpongeBobSquarePants/TropesQToZ
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