[[caption-width-right:299:[[BigDamnMovie This is not your average Bikini Bottom adventure]].]]

''The [=SpongeBob=] [=SquarePants=] Movie'' is, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well]], [[TheMovie a movie based on the]] {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} cartoon ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. And as expected for a movie based on one of Nickelodeon's programs, it's a [[BigDamnMovie big damn one]].

In the film, Mr. Krabs opens up a second Krusty Krab restaurant, and [=SpongeBob=] is heavily anticipating being promoted to manager of the new restaurant. But to his dismay, Squidward gets the job instead because [=SpongeBob=] is supposedly not mature enough for the job. Meanwhile, Plankton finally stops fooling around and enacts his greatest plan to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula -- he steals King Neptune's crown, sends it to the dangerous Shell City, and frames Mr. Krabs for it. When Neptune finds his crown missing, he crashes the Krusty Krab 2 and charges Krabs for the theft, but [=SpongeBob=] is willing to travel to Shell City to retrieve the crown, so Neptune gives him six days to find it, during which he has Krabs frozen.

While [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick head off on their adventure, Plankton makes it past the frozen Krabs and successfully steals the Krabby Patty formula. He then gives away bucket-helmets with all the Krabby Patties he sells, which then turn his customers into his monument-building slaves. Can [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick successfully retrieve Neptune's crown and save Bikini Bottom...?

Series creator Stephen Hillenburg intended for the movie to serve as a GrandFinale to the series, but ExecutiveMeddling got in the way of that. Many fans widely accept it and consider it a spectacular love letter to the original series. It also received positive critical reception, earning a 69% on Website/RottenTomatoes, which may not sound like much, but it's pretty damn good for a Nick movie.

A second movie titled ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' was released in February 2015. The writers from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' [[http://www.slashfilm.com/sequel-bits-crank-3-iron-man-3-spongebob-squarepants-2-rio-2-last-exorcism-2-paranormal-activity-4/#more-134534 were put on board for screenwriting,]] and had then-series showrunner Paul Tibbitt directing the animated sequences, while ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' director Mike Mitchell directed the live-action sequences.

Shares a CharacterSheet with [[Characters/SpongeBobSquarePants the series]].
!!This movie contains examples of:

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* AbsurdlyBrightLight: off King Neptune's bald head.
-->'''[[EyeScream MY EYES]]!!!!!!!'''
* AdamWesting: Creator/DavidHasselhoff as a super-swimming lifeguard. "I'm David Hasselhoff!"
* AllForNothing: After [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick [[spoiler: spend most of the movie looking for the crown and bringing it back to Neptune in the end, Plankton simply backs this up with a King-Sized bucket helmet for Neptune]].
* AlwaysABiggerFish:
** Just as [[PsychoForHire Dennis]] is about to stomp on [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick with hugely spiked boots, a larger boot stomps on him, seemingly killing him. Unfortunately, it's the Cyclops's boot...
** Also played straight when the giant fish charging at [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick misses them, charges off a cliff, and a huge freakin' eel eats it in one gulp. [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick justifiably just sit there, [[JawDrop mouth agape]].
* AnAesop:
** Lampshaded in the following dialog:
-->'''[=SpongeBob:=]''' I guess you're right, Plankton. I am just a kid. And you know, I've been through a lot in the last six days, five minutes, twenty-seven-and-a-half seconds, and if I've learned ''anything'' during that time, [[BeYourself it's that you are who you are.]] And no amount of mermaid magic, or managerial promotion, or [[RuleOfThree some other third thing]] can make me any more than what I really am inside: a kid.\\
'''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Plankton]]:''' Very impressive. Now, back against the wall...\\
'''[=SpongeBob:=]''' [on microphone] But that's okay! Because I did all the things they said a kid ''couldn't do!'' I made it to Shell City, and I beat the cyclops, and I rode the [[AdamWesting Hasselhoff]], and I brought the crown ''BACK!'' [[IAmWhatIAm So, yeah, I'm a kid! And I'm also a goofball, and a wingnut, and a Knucklehead McSpazatron!]] But most of all, I'm... I'm... I'm... [[AC:I'm a Goofy Goober!]] [[[ThePowerOfRock rock music starts]]]
** And later subverted in the end of the movie:
--->'''Mr. Krabs:''' Mr. Squidward, front and center! I think we all know who rightfully deserves to wear that badge.\\
'''[[PerpetualFrowner Squidward]]:''' I couldn't agree more, sir.\\
[Crowd cheers]\\
'''[=SpongeBob:=]''' Wait a second, everybody. There's something I need to say first. But I just don't know how to put it.\\
'''Squidward:''' [[SweetAndSourGrapes I think I know what it is. After going on your life-changing journey, you now realize that you don't want what you thought you wanted. What you really wanted was inside you all along.]]\\
'''[=SpongeBob:=]''' Are you crazy?! I was just going to tell you that your fly is down. Manager! This is the greatest day of my ''[[YeahShot liiiiiiife!]]''
** King Neptune also gets an aesop on how important it is to show/have love and compassion when you're in a position of leadership.
* AnimationBump: More like a '''''shove!''''' While the show normally hides its LimitedAnimation with strong layouts, the movie relishes in incredibly fluid and insane, OffModel animation , the likes of which could never be done on a TV budget.
* AndIMustScream:
** The people controlled by Plankton's bucket helmets apparently know full well they're being controlled, since after Spongebob destroys the first one, the fish says "I'm free" instead of something like "What happened?"
** Mr Krabs is shown being aware of what's happening while he is frozen.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** Squidward says he's going to report Plankton to King Neptune because he "made one fatal mistake -- you messed with ''my'' paycheck!"
** When Plankton reads over his final plan to steal the Krabby Patty formula. "It's evil, it's diabolical, *sniffs* it's lemon-scented!"
* AssholeVictim: Even though the frozen Mr. Krabs didn't steal King Neptune's crown, let's face it, he's a miserable cheapskate any way you slice it, and it wouldn't be a big surprise if he actually ''did steal the crown''.
* AssumedWin: Mr Krabs announces that the new manager of the Krusty Krab 2 has "a name you all know, it starts with an S!". [=SpongeBob=] assumes that ''he's'' the new manager (even though Mr Krabs just announced that it was Squidward, revealing a ''giant portrait of his face'' to top it off), and has to humiliate himself three times over microphone before realising that the new manager is actually Squidward.
* AsYouKnow: "Oh Karen, my computer wife..."
* BadassMustache:
** Princess Mindy makes a pair of these out of seaweed to convince [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick that they have become men.
** Used in a throwaway gag courtesy of Dennis: he notes the [[EpicFail obviously fake mustaches]], pulls them off the pair's faces, and says, "This is what a REAL mustache looks like!" He proceeds to pull down his bandana, revealing his clean-shaven face, and grows a full, bushy mustache through sheer force of will [[SpontaneousMustache in an instant]].
* BadassBystander: The female cinema janitor in TheStinger. Even when threatened at ''swordpoint'' by pirates she still calmly asks them to leave the theater. They reluctantly do so.
* BadGuyBar: The Thug Tug. Inevitably devolves into a BarBrawl.
* BaitAndSwitch: As [=SpongeBob=] goes to order some ice-cream from what turns out to be a frogfish, Patrick notices the bones all around them and appears to come to a grim realization. And then...
-->'''Patrick:''' Wait a minute. Wait a minute! [=SpongeBob=]!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Yeah?\\
'''Patrick:''' Make mine a chocolate!
* BareYourMidriff: Princess Mindy.
* BeYourself: SpongeBob learns that "you are who you are."
* BigBad: Plankton, as usual, though he's much more threatening than he actually is in the cartoon.
* BigBudgetBeefUp: Everything about the show, the animation, the music, the special-effects, is vastly improved on here.
* BigDamnMovie: A six-day adventure to the ends of the Earth as [[KnightOfCerebus Plankton]] takes over Bikini Bottom with mind control devices.
* BigNever: During the battle on David Hasselhoff's back, Dennis states to [=SpongeBob=] that he "always gets his man", prompting the latter to jump out of the way just as Dennis is about to grab him, letting out a very long, epic "NEVEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR!!" as he jumps across to Hasselhoff's other leg in slow-motion.
* BigNo: Plankton does one in horror when he realizes that [=SpongeBob=]'s rock and roll of all things is destroying his mind-control bucket helmets and thus undoing his plans.
** Earlier, Mindy also did this [[RuleOfThree three times]] when [[spoiler:King Neptune prepares to fry Mr. Krabs to death]], with Plankton doing the [[BigYes inversion]].
** She also does this when [[spoiler:Plankton puts a mind-control helmet on King Neptune.]]
-->'''Mindy:''' Daddy, no!\\
'''Plankton:''' [[BigYes Daddy, yes!]]
* [[BitchInSheepsClothing Bastard In Sheep's Clothing]]: Plankton pretends to be upset about Mr. Krabs being frozen by Neptune during his interview with Perch Perkins when he actually stole the Krabby Patty formula while Krabs was frozen and decides to take over Bikini Bottom.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: There was a children's book adaptation of the movie that changed it so that instead of beating them senseless, the patrons of the Salty Spitoon punished "bubble-blowing babies" by laughing at them.
* BlowingARaspberry: This is the extent of [=SpongeBob=] telling off Mr. Krabs [[HypocriticalHumor for thinking he's still a kid]].
* BreakTheHaughty: The two fish at the gas station get this...they crack a joke to Dennis and he pulls their mouths off their face.
* BroadStrokes: The film was well known for this, especially in recent years. It has been criticized that the film links a alternate canon in the series, because episodes that aired after the film do not show specific changes they had during the course of the film (WordOfGod says that the movie is meant to be the GrandFinale, with episodes produced after still occurring before it). Granted, this [[RuleOfFunny isn't the kind of show]] that adheres to continuity.
* TheCaligula: King Neptune shows signs of this.
* CallBack:
** Patrick gets into an argument with King Neptune over how many days [=SpongeBob=] needs to find the crown. This is similar to the argument Patrick had with the previous Neptune in ''Neptune's Spatula'' over how many challenges [=SpongeBob=] can do.
** The scene of [[spoiler:[=SpongeBob=] and Patrick drying out]] is reminiscent of the first full episode, "Tea at the Treedome", only this time it's '''''not''''' PlayedForLaughs.
** We have a mariachi band playing in the background as a live-action man is squirming helplessly. [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS3E19TheSpongeWhoCouldFly Sound familiar?]]
** Inside the [[BadGuyBar Thug Tug]], we see a thug [[Recap/SpongebobSquarePantsS3E8NoWeeniesAllowedSquilliamReturns eating a bowl of nails (without any milk!).]]
** "I ain't a crook! [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E1HelpWantedReefBlowerTeaAtTheTreedome Ask anyone, they'll vouch for me!]]"
* CerebusSyndrome: ZigZagged. There are some pretty heavy themes addressed over the course of the movie, such as depression, alcoholism, and murder. In fact, the particular scene of Patrick and Spongebob at shell city is so emotional [[BreakingTheFourthWall it literally causes the audience to break out into tears.]] Which is all totally at odds with the TV show. The writers of course always manage to put a fairly comedic spin on things anyways, leading to several a MoodWhiplash.
* ChekhovsGun: Played for laughs with King Neptune's embarrassment over his bald spot, which later prevents him from stopping Plankton and saving Bikini Bottom, as he is too distracted with finding a way to grow hair.
* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: The cyclops clearly uses a bottle of Elmer's brand glue, with ''just'' enough of it dried over the label to obscure the logo and name.
* ComicallySmallBribe: [=SpongeBob=] attempts to bribe Dennis with five "Goober Dollars". He isn't impressed.
* CoolCar: The Patty Wagon, as seen in the page image.
* CreatorCameo: Stephen Hillenburg provides the voice of one of the pirates' parrots, essentially reusing his "Potty the Parrot" voice from the series.
* CreditsMontage: The credits show pictures of [=SpongeBob=] [[spoiler:in his new life as the manager of the Krusty Krab 2. The credits make it obvious that the job is horrible, but since [=SpongeBob=] loves to work, he's having the time of his life.]] And it's all set to Music/{{Ween}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E5m_XtCX3c "Ocean Man"]].
* CueOClock: The clock seen in the Goofy Goober Steamboat has the 12 numbers in scrambled order.
* DarkReprise: [[spoiler:[=SpongeBob=] and Patrick's tearful rendition of the Goofy Goober theme song as they dry out.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Unlike the rest of the series, this movie is considerably a lot darker and has plenty of horror elements. Plankton is more depraved and vicious than in the series, to the point that he sadistically shows excitement and joy when King Neptune is about to ''kill'' Mr. Krabs, not to mention the monsters that abound in the way of [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, the mercenary (Dennis) sent by Plankton to kill the duo, and how the heroes die at the hand of the Cyclops.
* DemotedToExtra: Any character from the show who isn't [=SpongeBob=], Patrick and Plankton. Squidward, Mrs. Puff and Sandy only show up a few times (despite all being credited in the film's "Main Cast"), and Mr. Krabs spends the movie frozen. Pearl and Gary make cameos. Karen plays a pivotal role, telling Plankton about Plan Z and activating the mind control helmets, but she doesn't have much screen time, either. It's not too surprising that the creators decided not to make the next [=SpongeBob=] movie a buddy film.
* DerangedAnimation: Ho boy! The show's animation was already pretty bizarre-looking, but it was never this ''fluid''!
* DestinationDefenestration: In the beginning of the movie, Squidward catches Spongebob in the shower with him, and after a small conversation with Spongebob, Squidward ''kicks Spongebob out of his window.''
* DeusExMachina:
** The film writes itself into a corner that can only be rectified by a wonderfully ridiculous parody of Music/TwistedSister's I Wanna Rock. The villain's plans are undone by the explosive [[ThePowerOfRock power of rock]] music. Once the smoke clears, [=SpongeBob=] is left dangling on the end of a rope suspended above the stage in a neat reference to the literal Greek tragedy deus ex machina.
** [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick get the crown, but manage to lose the bag of winds. They have very little time to get home, and all is hopeless...cue David Hasselhoff showing up out of nowhere to take Spongebob and Patrick home.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:[=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are killed via drying out in Shell City, then revived thanks to their SwissArmyTears. And the sprinklers.]]
** [[spoiler:And also the WHOLE shop! Every single fish that was taxidermied sprung back to life through the same means.]]
* TheDragon: Dennis, to Plankton.
* DreamIntro: The movie begins with [=SpongeBob=] as the manager of the Krusty Krab, saving the day after a guy gets no cheese on his patty. The crowd hoist him over their shoulders and cheer him, but then the cheers turn into his foghorn alarm and [=SpongeBob=] wakes up.
* DrunkOnMilk: In this case, a milk product rather than liquid milk; specifically, ice cream. Moderately justified in that Spongebob is also sleep-deprived.
* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans: What Plankton does to Bikini Bottom.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After all he's been through, [=SpongeBob=] is given a job as manager of the Krusty Krab 2, and proves that he ''is'' a man.
* {{Egopolis}}: After [[spoiler:enslaving all of Bikini Bottom with his mind controlling helmets, Plankton converted it into Planktopolis, complete with giant stone statues of himself.]]
* EverybodyCries: All the pirates in the movie theater cry over [[spoiler: [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick drying out under the lamp at Shell City.]]
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Not counting the live-action sequences and the DreamIntro, the majority of this film runs six days (according to King Neptune and Patrick). Counting the day where Plankton steals the crown and The Krusty Krab 2 did its grand opening, the film took seven days, under a whole week.
* EyeScream: The movie seems to have this as a RunningGag.
** "Bald! Bald! Bald! Bald! MY EYES!!"
** [[spoiler: A more minor example, but Dennis gets a stream of bubbles blown directly into his eyes near the movie's climax, right before he gets knocked off Hasselhoff's back.]]
** Invoked but ultimately subverted in the beginning of the movie: After putting toothpaste on his tooth brush, he uses it to brush his eyes, though Spongebob has no pained reaction to this act.
** Squire spraying hair growth spray into King Neptune's eyes, causing his eyes to grow hair all over.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Plankton, in contrast to his usual AffablyEvil, and Dennis the hitman who is very soft spoken and even polite.
* FlatCharacter: Princess Mindy. If you think about it, she's really not much more than a plot device. Her only contributions to the story were to be a love interest for Patrick, stop her father from killing Mr. Krabs, give [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick their [[MagicFeather "mustaches"]], and stall her father long enough for [=SpongeBob=] to come back with the crown.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Plankton sends a hitman named Dennis after [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick.
* FramingDevice: A band of pirates go to a movie theater to see the movie.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNoWhere: As far as [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are concerned, The Monster Frogfish that tries to eat them after luring them into its death trap with "FREE ICE CREAM!" came out of nowhere. The audience knew it was a trap, though, because of all the piles of fish skulls and bones. The Frogfish also serves as one of their first real threats in their quest to get King Neptune's crown and save Mr. Krabs. It can also be considered a DiscOneFinalBoss because an even bigger monster eel eats it.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:[[TheHeroDies Spongebob and Patrick]]. [[DisneyDeath They got better]].]]
* GrandFinale: According to WordOfGod, all episodes made after the movie take place before it, so it's still (chronologically) the GrandFinale.
* HandWave: The reason that [=SpongeBob=] is able to drive the Patty Wagon even though he doesn't have his license?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' You don't need a license to drive a sandwich.
* HarmlessFreezing: Although he can't stop Plankton from stealing the formula in his frozen state, Krabs still manages to show reaction to things going on.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: When our two protagonists reach the deep, dark, dangerous, hazardous, monster-infested trench that will lead them to Shell City, [=SpongeBob=], [[ThePollyanna of all people]], just flat-out gives up, turns back to go home, and tearfully tells Patrick that they're "just kids" who will die if they carry on with this journey.]]
* HeroKiller:
** Out of all the villains in the movie, the Cyclops comes closest (yes, even closer than Plankton and Dennis) to killing Spongebob and Patrick: he effectively does for a moment. And unlike the other villains in the movie, they were clearly far from his first victims.
** Incidentally, this is subverted with Dennis. Though Plankton describes him as a bloodthirsty predator, he has a tendency to get interrupted before he can actually hurt Spongebob and Patrick. Nonetheless, he manages to be somewhat terrifying.
* TheHerosJourney: Even something like this can be made to fit: the beginning of the film shows [=SpongeBob=]'s normal life in Bikini Bottom, and then he is forced to leave the comfort of home to save Mr. Krabs and retrieve Neptune's crown, by facing all sorts of challenges that require him to realize that he needs to grow up. The trench is the [[CantRefuseTheCallAnymore nadir of the journey]] when he and Patrick realize how pathetic they are, Shell City is the "descent to the underworld" (in that they are very nearly killed and only miraculously survive) and, when they return, [=SpongeBob=] saves everyone in town from Plankton's mind control by admitting that he may just be a kid, but that isn't so bad.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick. And how.
* HijackingCthulhu: [[spoiler: Plankton mind-controls King Neptune near the end.]]
* HumansAreCthulhu:
** The "Cyclops" (actually a deep-sea diver). He just wants to collect sea creatures to sell as souvenirs - but that includes [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, much to their horror. Although he apparently has a green glowing face and laughs maniacally when his specimens start to panic, and NEVER takes off his diving suit.
** Creator/DavidHasselhoff, however, is an aversion.
* HypocriticalHumor: BALD! BALD! BALD! BALD! None of the others, besides Mindy, have hair either, though their domes aren't knock-your-eyes out shiny.
* InsistentTerminology: A classic example. King Neptune is ''not'' bald, he is thinning.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Spongebob uses a laser-shooting electric guitar to destroy the citizens' mind control helmets - [[AutobotsRockOut and he plays a pretty damn catchy]] TriumphantReprise of the Goofy Goober song while he's at it!
%%* IronicEcho: "Sorry about this, calendar."
%%* IsThisThingStillOn?
* JawDrop[=/=]StunnedSilence: Patrick and [=SpongeBob=]'s [[MemeticMutation (famous)]] reactions after narrowly escaping the old lady monster, and seeing the monster get promptly swallowed up by a giant eel.
* {{Jerkass}}: King Neptune. But Plankton is much more of a jerk.
* JerkassHasAPoint: King Neptune's harsh punishments become understandable when you realize that there are cruel people in this world who would commit crimes for their own selfish ends. Plankton is a perfect example, at least in this movie.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** King Neptune becomes this at the end, when he realizes how his daughter was right about having love and compassion when you're a ruler, and he thanks Spongebob for his help and apologizes to Mr. Krabs for freezing him.
** [[spoiler:Squidward,]] of all people, becomes this at the end as well; he gave up his position as manager for [=SpongeBob=] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming just for him to be happy]].
* JustAKid: [=SpongeBob=] gets this from nearly ''everyone'' in the movie. [[spoiler: He later becomes proud of being a "kid", because he managed to get King Neptune's crown back despite nobody believing he could do it for this reason.]]
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' [[spoiler: So yeah, I'm a kid! And I'm also a goofball! And a wingnut! And a Knucklehead [=McSpazatron=]! But most of all... [[ThePowerOfRock I'M A GOOFY GOOBER! ROCK!]]]]
* KilledMidSentence: As the Thug Tug owner tells Dennis the rules around there, he is uppercutted, falling into the Tug and sinking it!
* KillItWithFire: King Neptune tries to do this to Mr. Krabs once it appears that Spongebob and Patrick aren't going to meet the deadline.
* KnightOfCerebus:
** Though he does have a more comedic side, Dennis tends to be rather scary.
** Surprisingly enough, Plankton manages to become one as well. He actually succeeds in conquering Bikini Bottom in Spongebob and Patrick's absence.
** And The Cyclops, especially, since he almost kills Spongebob and Patrick.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: During the "Now That We're Men" musical number, the shot of Spongebob and Patrick looking like old-timey boxers with "a manly flair" has a visible peg-bar registration[[note]]Used in hand-drawn animation to keep all the paper in place.[[/note]] at the bottom of the screen.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Patrick is infatuated with Neptune's daughter Mindy.
* LowerDeckEpisode: A ''Magazine/{{Nickelodeon Magazine}}'' special promoting the film included a comic story showing Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy trying (and failing) to stop Plankton during the events of the movie.
* LudicrousPrecision: [=SpongeBob=]: "I've been through a lot in the past six days, five minutes, twenty-seven-and-a-half seconds..."
* MacGuffin: King Neptune's crown, the managerial position at Krusty Krab 2 and the Krabby Patty recipe.
** The pirates in the live-action segments were seeking tickets for [=SpongeBob=]'s movie.
* MagicFeather: the seaweed moustaches.
* MediumBlending: Along with the live-action scenes set on dry land, there is a brief shot using StopMotion during the "Goofy Goober Rock" number.
* {{Meganekko}}: Mindy.
* MoodWhiplash:
** In the midst of Spongebob noticing all of his friends are brainwashed, once he gets to Gary...
-->'''Gary:''' "MEOW PLANKTON."
** The scene at the Goofy Goober bar. Said peanut comes out dancing and singing. Then the camera pans to a sobbing Spongebob who isn't joining in the fun at all because he didn't get a promotion to manager for the Krusty Krab 2.
** Towards the end of the proud and triumphant TheyveComeSoFarSong "Now That We're Men," Spongebob and Patrick see a sign that says "Shell City Dead Ahead", and Spongebob happily says, "Well, Patrick, we should be there in one more verse!" and begin to finish the song, but then out of nowhere the music and happy atmosphere are cut off by the arrival of PsychoForHire Dennis, who has finally caught up with them and intends to kill them both.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The opening scene features a dramatic scene based around the "crisis" of a customer being given a Krabby Patty without cheese, complete with a slow-motion sequence of [=SpongeBob=] putting some cheese into the patty, played in the same manner as an action hero disarming a bomb. It's a DreamSequence, but still...
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' You got a name?\\
'''Phil:''' Phil.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' You got a family, Phil?\\
[no response]\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Come on, Phil, stay with me. Let's hear about that family.\\
'''Phil:''' I got a wife, and two beautiful children.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' That's what it's all about. I want you to do me a favor, Phil.\\
'''Phil:''' What?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Say "cheese."
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Early in the film, Patrick goes parasailing with his pants, leaving him naked. He even wedges a flag between his butt cheeks.
* NeverSayDie: Averted. The words "kill" and "die" are used several times. The scene in Shell City has Spongebob stress the words "dead" and "killed" as if to tell the audience "Yes we're defying this trope and using the actual word in a movie for kids." and to emphasize the danger that they are in.
* NotMeThisTime: Mr. Krabs' actions are just as criminal as Plankton's, if not more, but this time he's ''not'' the one who stole King Neptune's crown.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Dennis gets crushed by the Cyclops when he first catches up with Spongebob and Patrick. He comes back afterwards for the final showdown.]]
** [[spoiler:The sprinklers at Shell City not only revive [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, but also all the other dried sea animals that had been made into knickknacks, who then take revenge on the Cyclops.]]
* OcularGushers: During Spongebob's and Patrick's DespairEventHorizon, they spray tears EVERYWHERE. Mindy is visibly {{squick}}ed when they squirt their tears like high-pressure hoses into each other's mouths.
* OffModel: [[TropesAreNotBad But in a good way;]] the film seems to follow the Creator/JohnKricfalusi method of staying less on-model and more in-character.
* OhCrap:
** [[spoiler:The "Cyclops" has this reaction when the animals in his shop begin to revive and he realizes they're about to beat the tar out of him.]]
** PlayedForLaughs with [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick when a sea monster eats the Pattymobile. So much that Patrick's OhCrap has earned the nickname [[MemeticMutation Surprised Patrick]].
* OlderThanTheyLook: According to [=SpongeBob=], he has won the Employee of the Month Award 376 times in a row. This means he has been working for over 31 years. Assuming that he started work at age 16, this means he could be 47 years old or older!
* OmnicidalManiac: Plankton vows to destroy everyone.
* OverlyLongGag: Mindy [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial (not) stalling]] Krabs's execution to try and buy [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick more time.
* ParentalBonus: Done rather blatantly. Plankton's Plan Z opens up like a centerfold as suggestive jazz plays.
* PassThePopcorn: Plankton takes a seat and grabs some popcorn as Neptune gets ready to execute Krabs.
* PlaceboEffect: Mindy's "mermaid magic" succeeds by influencing [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick to brave the trench of sea monsters.
* PlanB: Or Plan Z, in this case.
* PleaseKeepYourHatOn: Neptune's bald head is so reflective that it threatens to blind the mere mortals.
* PlotIrrelevantVillain: The Cyclops wouldn't be important to the plot at all if it weren't for the fact that he just so happens to have King Neptune's crown on sale.
* ThePowerOfRock: [=SpongeBob=] breaks Plankton's hypnosis with a rock remix of the Goofy Goober song.
* PsychoForHire: Dennis outright says that he's a hitman because he loves his job.
* RealityEnsues: The fact that somebody like SpongeBob didn't get promoted is realistic seeing as he lacks maturity, but why did the position go to Squidward given that he lacks passion?
* RecordNeedleScratch: During the "baby hunt" at the Thug Tug, the Siamese twins when they first appear on-screen are accompanied by this.
* RecurringRiff: The Goofy Goober song. At first, it's a fun and goofy song, then it becomes a massive TearJerker [[spoiler:as a dying Spongebob and Patrick sing it together]], then it gets turned into a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic hella awesome rock song]].
* RogerRabbitEffect: The sequence between the "Cyclops" (a maniacal diver) capturing [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, and them returning to Bikini Bottom with Creator/DavidHasselhoff!
* {{Sadist}}: Plankton is extremely sadistic in the movie. He shows great excitement, enthusiasm and joy when Mr. Krabs is going to be executed. Similarly, Dennis seems to be a hitman purely for the excuse to kill people.
* SarcasticClapping: Plankton after [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick make it back.
-->'''Plankton:''' Oh yes. Well done, [=SpongeBOOB=].
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: Plankton's MindControlDevice has taken control of the entire town, but becomes overloaded when Spongebob dons a guitar and sings "Goofy Goober Rock" complete with flashy music video effects.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Dennis, who among other things deduces [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick were at the Thug Tug from nothing more than a small puddle of bubble fluid. Granted, [[JustifiedTrope there's really only one way to Shell City from Bikini Bottom]].
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: Squidward ups and leaves before Spongebob drags him into the road trip to Shell City.
* SeriesFauxnale: This film was meant to serve as the closing to the show, but [[ExecutiveMeddling Nickelodeon insisted on putting the series back in production.]] Nonetheless, it's still chronically the GrandFinale according to WordOfGod.
* ShesGotLegs: Parodied; during ThePowerOfRock sequence, [[spoiler:Patrick Star]]'s got legs to kill for.
* ShoutOut:
** The "nut bar" at Goofy Goober's has pictures of ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' and ''{{Popeye}}'' comics.
** [[spoiler: When Neptune unfreezes Mr. Krabs, he accidentally has his trident on the "Real Boy" setting, turning Mr. Krabs into a [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio Pinocchio]] lookalike, before just turning him back to normal.]]
** And let's not forget [[Film/JurassicPark the frogfish scene.]]
** The ArtShift to hard shadows and sepia tone during [[spoiler: Plankton's takeover]] are chillingly similar to those found in ''Film/TriumphOfTheWill''.
** Spongebob and Patrick strike the "Keep On Truckin'" pose just as Dennis cuts off their last verse of "Now That We're Men."
* SinisterShades: Dennis has a pair...well, at least two pairs, one of which he removes to examine a sesame seed left by the Patty Wagon.
* SkewedPriorities: After Krabs is frozen, Squidward says "Oh, no! This is terrible! Who's gonna sign my paycheck?"
* TheSociopath:
** Plankton is this in the same movie. He does not seem to feel any remorse for what he did do and, worse, undertakes to destroy everyone when arrested.
** Dennis, as befitting a ProfessionalKiller.
* SurrealHumour: [[HilarityEnsues "Hooray! Bubble Party!"]]
* SweetAndSourGrapes: Subverted. After [=SpongeBob=] saves Bikini Bottom, Mr. Krabs decides to give him Squidward's manager job:
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Wait a second, everybody. There's something I need to say first... I just don't know how to put it.\\
'''Squidward:''' I think I know what it is. After going on your life-changing journey, you now realize you don't want what you thought you wanted. What you really wanted was inside you all along.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' *grabs manager badge from Squidward* Are you crazy!? I was just gonna tell you that your fly is down!
* SwissArmyTears: [[spoiler:What ultimately saves [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick from their DisneyDeath, [[JustifiedTrope though how it's done makes sense]], [[CallBack at least in this universe]]: The tear flows off the desk and down the power cable of the lamp into the socket, shorting it out. This not only shuts off the lamp, but the resulting smoke triggers the sprinklers, reviving not only Spongebob and Patrick, but the other sea creatures that the Cyclops had captured as well.]]
* TeamRocketWins: After an endless amount of failures in the TV series (excluding The Algae Is Always Greener, where he technically succeeds), Plankton at last gets his hand on the secret formula and begins selling Krabby Patties at the Chum Bucket.
* TestosteronePoisoning: ''Lots'' of examples.
** The "Now That We're Men" song.
** Dennis growing his BadassMustache in an instant to prove how much manlier he is than [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick.
** Every scene with Creator/DavidHasselhoff. Every. Single. Scene.
* TheyveComeSoFarSong: "Now That We're Men," with [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick finally passing through the monster-filled trench... and the monsters are singing with them.
* TiredOfRunning: Parodied. When Dennis confronts them for the final time, Spongebob tells Patrick to run, but Patrick steps forward saying, "No. I'm tired of running. If we run now we'll never stop - " Dennis then slaps Patrick, sending him flying back to Hasselhoff's heel, where he screams, "RUN, SPONGEBOB!"
* TomTheDarkLord: We have a vile, dangerous bounty hunter, and his name is... Dennis.
* TookALevelInBadass: [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick.
* TriumphantReprise: "Goofy Goober Rock". [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Good]] [[ThePowerOfRock Lord]]. Made especially triumphant since the last time the Goofy Goober song was used was in a massive TearJerker moment.
* UncertainDoom: The movie never makes it clear if [[spoiler:Dennis]] was killed or simply knocked out when he gets struck by catamaran. The scene itself plays out like a usual death scene would.
* TheUnreveal: Plankton finally finds out the Krabby Patty formula, but we don't.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Plankton himself, Dennis and The Cyclops. Plankton is much more dangerous than he is in the TV-Series, Dennis is a murderer-for-hire, and the Cyclops sort-of manages to kill Spongebob and Patrick among other sea creatures.
* VillainousBreakdown: Dennis is a lot more calm and cool when chasing after [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, as well as during his first encounter with him, then he is after [[spoiler:being crushed by the boot]] and encountering them on top of David Hasselhoff. He's a lot more aggressive and prone to anger at the point--notably, he lost his glasses and bandana, so we can now see his expressions.
* WeNeedADistraction: At the Thug Tug, [=SpongeBob=] plans to create a distraction while Patrick steals back the keys to the Patty Wagon. Patrick offers to do the distraction instead, but then he just asks where the bathroom is.
* WelcomeToTheBigCity: The moment [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick cross the Bikini Bottom border, a thug steals their Patty Wagon.
* WhamLine:
** "Now activating bucket helmet [[spoiler:[[{{Brainwashed}} brain control devices]]]]."
** "My parade shall be quite dry, under my UMBRELLA!", just as [[spoiler:Plankton drops a mind-control bucket helmet on King Neptune]].
* TheWorfEffect: Victor the Thug Tug owner looks scary and intimidating and is naturally the strongest guy at the bar. Until he tries to pick a fight with Dennis...
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Spongebob's speech at the movie's climax where he accepts being labeled as a "kid" and [[spoiler: saves the day through ThePowerOfRock.]]
* YeahShot: The movie ends with [=SpongeBob=] [[spoiler: leaping in the air in complete joy after FINALLY getting his well-deserved promotion to manager of the Krusty Krab 2 instead of Squidward (who presumably isn't overly enthusiastic about the job).]]
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' [[spoiler: Manager! ''[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming This is the greatest day of my liiiife!]]'']]
* YouGotSpunk: Dennis to Spongebob: "You've got guts, kid. Too bad I gotta rip 'em out of you."
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler:Spongebob and Patrick get Neptune's crown back and seemingly save the day... Then Plankton reveals he had a backup plan and just takes control of [[PhysicalGod Neptune]].]]
* YouWontFeelAThing: A subversion:
-->'''Dennis:''' Don't worry, this'll only hurt a lot!