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->''"Are you ready, kids?"''\\
''"Aye aye, captain!"''
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A Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} AnimatedSeries 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-]] ok, you probably get it.

''[=SpongeBob SquarePants=]'' is the 10th 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, [[ThePollyanna is extremely optimistic]], and has the tendency of annoying most who he comes in contact with. Most except his [[HeterosexualLifePartners best bud]] Patrick Star, a starfish who lives under a rock [[TheDitz in more ways than one]]. The two seem to spend as much time as possible inadvertently bothering their neighbour [[GrumpyBear Squidward Tentacles]], who is, [[ButtMonkey unfortunately for]] [[OnlySaneMan him]], mistaken by them as the third part of their PowerTrio.

Spongebob works at the local [[XtremeKoolLetterz Krusty Krab]] restaurant (which is actually a lobster trap), which serves Krabby Patties, and is owned by his greedy boss Mr. Eugene Krabs. [[SpeciesSurname He's a crab]]. Rivaling the restaurant is The Chum Bucket, owned by [[HarmlessVillain Plankton]], who goes to desperate lengths in order to steal the success of the Krabby Patty formula. But for Plankton, FailureIsTheOnlyOption.

There's also Spongebob's pet snail, Gary, who communicates with cat-like 'Meows', and his Texas-accented spunky squirrel friend, Sandy Cheeks, who lives in an underwater dome and ventures forth wearing a bubble-helmet diving suit. [[AndZoidberg Oh, and Karen, Mrs. Puff, and Pearl]]... [[DemotedToExtra Remember them?]]

The show, first broadcast in 1999, proved to be a HUGE success with both kids and adults. Kids enjoy the bright colours and silly characters, and adults appreciate its writing, wit, and 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. It should be noted that after the release of the first movie, series creator Stephen Hillenburg stepped down from his position as the showrunner due to the intention of ending the series with a movie finale, but some ExecutiveMeddling occurred, and Nickelodeon quickly uncancelled the show. Paul Tibbitt has supervised the show from Season 4-present, which many long term fans consider to be [[SeasonalRot a step down]]. Once production on ''Sponge Out Of Water'' ended, it was announced that [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/tv/spongebob-creator-stephen-hillenburg-returning-to-his-show-106935.html Hillenburg will be returning to the show in 2015]].

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

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, 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 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:

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

-->''[[BrickJoke "I can't HEAR you..."]]''