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->''"Well, that's our story. Yes, they are all idiots, aren't they?"''
-->-- '''French Narrator''', "Nasty Patty"

Let's face it; a lot of the plots throughout ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' tend to happen because of some stupidity on the part of the characters. And with the exception of the rare infuriating episode, [[TropesAreNotBad this is hardly a bad thing]]; after all, [[TropesAreTools how else would we have such funny episodes]]?


* A basic staple: [=SpongeBob=] going to Patrick for advice, or vice versa.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That [=SpongeBob=] would realize that Patrick is TooDumbToLive and not take his advice.\\
'''Instead:''' The situation goes FromBadToWorse.
* Another basic staple: Plankton keeps trying to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula. "Imitation Krabs" implies that Mr. Krabs patented the formula at some point ([=SpongeBob=] even explains that duplicating it is a felony).\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Plankton to be mindful of this and think that succeeding would mean Mr. Krabs calling the police to have him arrested.\\
'''Instead:''' He keeps trying to steal the formula anyway, heedless of the fact that he could face legal consequences.
** On the flip-side, Plankton is shown to be a GadgeteerGenius.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Plankton to [[CutLexLuthorACheck go into the electronics business]].\\
'''Instead:''' This never occurs to him.
** On Mr. Krabs' side, assuming he really patented the formula.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mr. Krabs to simply remind Plankton of this and threaten to sue his rival for duplicating the Krabby Patty.\\
'''Instead:''' He needlessly keeps taking measures to protect something that cannot be used by anyone who steals it.
* [[RuleOfThree Yet]] ''another'' basic staple: Mrs. Puff dreads having to teach [=SpongeBob=], one of her most difficult students. However, she always abides by her own [[PrinciplesZealot principle]]: that she will accept ANY student and never give up on them.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Mrs. Puff to simply make rare exceptions for students who have taken her classes many times and always fail (ex: [=SpongeBob=]).\\
'''Instead:''' She doesn't, and she has to deal with [=SpongeBob=] constantly failing her tests and getting her seriously injured to the point she has to stay in the hospital a few times. This once resulted in her getting so fed up with [=SpongeBob=] that she wanted to ''murder'' him.

[[folder:Pre-2004 Movie Seasons]]
* In "Tea at the Treedome", Sandy invites [=SpongeBob=] over for tea and cookies but the air inside the treedome starts drying him up. After [=SpongeBob=] gives her flowers, Sandy asks him if he needs anything. [=SpongeBob=] says, "Water would be nice."\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Sandy to get [=SpongeBob=] some water.\\
'''Instead:''' She assumes [=SpongeBob=] wants water for the flowers and fills a vase with it. When she sees [=SpongeBob=] has nearly dried up completely, she has the nerve to tell him "If y'all wanted water, you should have asked." [[SarcasmMode Yeah, he totally didn't, Sandy.]]
* In "Jellyfishing", Squidward gets badly injured from head to toe and really needs to remain in a hospitalized state.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick to leave Squidward alone and let him recover back to health.\\
'''Instead:''' They assume Squidward isn't harmed anyways, and in their attempt to make their "best day ever" for him, they inflict even further pain on Squidward like blowing hot soup onto his face (''that must sting'') even though it can't get into his mouth which is bandaged shut and while taking him jellyfishing, Patrick impales a net through Squidward's hand.
* In "Plankton!", Plankton puts on a mind control device on [=SpongeBob=]'s brain so that the latter is a helpless puppet of his. He uses [=SpongeBob=] to steal a Krabby Patty and put it into his formula analyzer. Plankton asks AnyLastWords, prompting [=SpongeBob=] to apologize to the Krabby Patty and gush about how delicious it is. This entices Plankton to eat the Krabby Patty.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' Plankton to hold out until he makes [=SpongeBob=] drop the patty into the analyzer, since he is still controlling [=SpongeBob=]'s brain.\\
'''Instead:''' He jumps out immediately being so psychologically triggered by [=SpongeBob=]'s words, which makes him bounce onto the Krabby Patty and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard land in his own analyzer]]. He gets disintegrated and imprisoned inside his own computer (Karen). As he puts it, "''Well, this stinks.''"
* "Pizza Delivery": Squidward tells [=SpongeBob=] to drive but [=SpongeBob=] says he can't. He's still in boating school and doesn't have a license.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Squidward to just drive instead.\\
'''Instead:''' He not only makes [=SpongeBob=] do it anyway, but starts yelling and pressuring him when he's clearly nervous, causing him to panic and lose control of the vehicle until it runs out of gas.
* In "I was a Teenage Gary", after Squidward fails to take care of Gary, the doctor gives him snail plasma to inject in him. After a bit of a struggle between him and [=SpongeBob=], Squidward accidentally injected the snail plasma inside [=SpongeBob=]'s nose. [=SpongeBob=] starts to worry about what may happen to him, but Squidward tells him that he'll be fine.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Considering that Squidward failed to do his job, [=SpongeBob=] would trust his own instincts and either call a doctor or poison control.\\
'''Instead:''' He believes that he'll be okay, even after he starts transforming into a snail. Only when his transformation is almost complete does he realize that something is wrong when it's already too late.
** [=SpongeBob=] has now turned into a snail and goes to Squidward's house for help, much to his horror.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Squidward would realize that the snail plasma transform [=SpongeBob=] into a snail and would get to the doctor to help change [=SpongeBob=] back.\\
'''Instead:''' He freaks out and boards up his house. Then, when [=SpongeBob=] gets inside his house, he runs around screaming until he [[LaserGuidedKarma accidentally gets the snail plasma injected into his own nose]]. Guess what happens next.
* In "Sleepy Time", when [=SpongeBob=] enters Mr. Krabs' dream, he is tasked with helping Mr. Krabs catch a dollar bill the same way a fisherman hunts for fish. He succeeds and [=SpongeBob=] gets his net (which is really Mr. Krabs' huge wallet) to put the dollar in it.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to keep a tight grip on the wallet.\\
'''Instead:''' He lets go of his arm to give Mr. Krabs a handshake, giving the dollar a chance to bounce and then escape. Mr. Krabs then uses a harpoon to [[VisualPun fire]] [=SpongeBob=] out of his dream.
* In "Suds", [=SpongeBob=] goes to work in spite of being very ill, which violates health codes because it is against the law to work with food while you're ill. Mr. Krabs then walks in and sees [=SpongeBob=]'s condition.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Krabs would either call a cab or drive [=SpongeBob=] to the hospital, allowing him to recover.\\
'''Instead:''' He only forces [=SpongeBob=] to walk back home, to prevent contamination of his food. [=SpongeBob=] gets more sick throughout the episode, until Sandy and Patrick take him to the hospital.
* In "Squidville", Squidward decides to move to a place called ''Tentacle Acres'', where everyone is like him and have all his favorite things, like bikes, clarinets, and even canned bread. However, Squidward eventually grows horribly bored by the town because nothing new occurs in the town, thus losing its novelty.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Squidward to move out, since as a resident and the police later point out, he doesn't have to live there.\\
'''Instead:''' He blames the town itself for being too boring, steals a reef-blower and vandalizes both Tentacle Acres and their residents. Squidward even shamelessly rationalizes his crimes of burglary, assault and vandalism to the police officer who wants to arrest him.
* In "No Free Rides", Mrs. Puff gives extra credit and passes [=SpongeBob=] so she doesn't have to deal with him for another year. [=SpongeBob=] ends up getting a boatmobile from his parents.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mrs. Puff to explain to [=SpongeBob=] about what she did in order to guarantee that he won't wreak havoc with his bad driving.\\
'''Instead:''' She attempts, and fails, to steal his boatmobile. HilarityEnsues.
** [=SpongeBob=] notices Mrs. Puff trying to steal his new boat. Highway cops catch eye of [=SpongeBob=] and Mrs. Puff punching and kicking each other while the boat is going around in circles.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The cops to take action and come to [=SpongeBob=]'s aid.\\
'''Instead:''' [[PoliceAreUseless They just watch the whole thing]] [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight bored]], [[OhCrap and only react]] when [=SpongeBob=] and Mrs. Puff steer the boat off a cliff and crash down right onto them.
* "Snowball Effect": Squidward tries to get [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick to continue their snowball fight. He does this by acting as [=SpongeBob=], then hits Patrick with a snowball. Patrick retaliates by doing the same to Squidward.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Squidward to remember that he was pretending to be [=SpongeBob=], compliment Patrick, and then push him into pelting [=SpongeBob=] with snowballs for real.\\
'''Instead:''' "Patrick, why didn't you hit [=SpongeBob=]?"
* In "The Secret Box", [=SpongeBob=] has snuck into Patrick's house and taken his secret box, desperate to know the contents. Patrick is sleeping, and [=SpongeBob=], trying not to wake him up, has just been through several near-misses after taking the box from Patrick.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to peek in the box, return it, and leave Patrick's rock, all in silence.\\
'''Instead:''' He takes the opportunity to whisper to himself, [[TemptingFate "Gee, Patrick sure is a heavy sleeper."]] This wakes Patrick up for real.
* In "Sailor Mouth", [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are ordered by Mr. Krabs to suppress themselves from uttering a profane word that we, as an audience, only hear as a dolphin call. [=SpongeBob=] accidentally lets one out when he loses a game of Eels and Escalators to Patrick. Patrick then runs to go rat him out to Mr. Krabs, but he also blurts one out too.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [[PrisonersDilemma For [=SpongeBob=] to blackmail Patrick to not tell Mr. Krabs]], and to also realize that ratting out Patrick won't stop Patrick from telling Mr. Krabs that [[HypocriticalHumor he himself said the same word a few seconds earlier]].\\
'''Instead:''' They both pretty much race each other to see who can rat out the other to Mr. Krabs first. The two rat each other out in front of Mr. Krabs who decide to force both of them to paint the Krusty Krab as punishment, but when Krabs stubs his foot onto a rock, he lets out not just the dolphin word, but all other 12 of the 13 profanity words.\\
'''You'd then Expect:''' For [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick to force Mr. Krabs to call off the painting punishment in exchange for them not reporting him to his mother.\\
'''Instead:''' The cycle repeats itself. [=SpongeBob=], Patrick '''and''' Mr. Krabs rat each other out in front of Mama Krabs and they all have to paint her house.
* In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III", [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick release Man Ray from his frozen tartar sauce-like prison, and should he act up aggressively, they will press a button that activates the tickle belt strapped to Man Ray. Man Ray then asks the two to help him learn how to be a good person.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick to contact Mermaid Man so that he can freeze Man Ray again and realize that this is just a ploy, since this was a matter of if Man Ray will choose to behave, not know how to.\\
'''Or:''' Simply use the Tickle Belt to force Man Ray to behave.\\
'''Instead:''' They start teaching him lessons on how to be compassionate, though Patrick's stupidity makes Man Ray's task impossible to complete cause Patrick turns away "his own wallet" that Man Ray tries returning to him.
* In "Squid on Strike", Squidward and SpongeBob's strike has worked and Mr. Krabs is begging Squidward to come back. Squidward successfully manages to turn the tables and gets Mr. Krabs to agree on new working terms.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Squidward to notify [=SpongeBob=] (who has taken the strike more seriously) about this.\\
'''Instead:''' He neglects to do this and [=SpongeBob=] ends up [[ItMakesSenseInContext destroying the Krusty Krab]]. This results in Squidward's new working terms being disregarded by Mr. Krabs and is forced to work at the Krusty Krab forever! [[SarcasmMode Good going Squidward]].
* In "The Bully", Flats tries beating the crap out of [=SpongeBob=] [[ForTheEvulz for no good reason]], but it doesn't work because [=SpongeBob=]'s too soft. After trying for hours, he collapses from exhaustion. The other students in [[=SpongeBob=]'s class cheer for him and he celebrates his victory by making a fist. Mrs. Puff then sees [=SpongeBob=] making a fist and Flats out cold on the floor. She gets angry and accuses him of beating Flats up.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to ask his classmates who were witnesses to testify that he's innocent. Or even point out that there's not a single bruise on the [[AssholeVictim exhausted flounder]]'s face.\\
'''Instead:''' He stays quiet and does nothing about Mrs. Puff's accusations except get surprised thus implying that Mrs. Puff is about to [[{{Hypocrite}} kick his butt for an assault he didn't commit]].
* In "Nasty Patty", Mr. Krabs and [=SpongeBob=] catch wind of a fake health inspector being on the loose while they have a health inspector of their own inside the building.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' They ask the inspector for legal documentation to verify if he's legitimate.\\
'''Instead:''' They make the Nasty Patty after blindly assuming that he's the imposter, [[FailedASpotCheck despite he was clearly wearing a badge]] and having no actual proof beyond circumstantial evidence.\\
'''So:''' [=SpongeBob=] gives the Nasty Patty to the health inspector. Just as he is about to take a bite, he chokes on a fly ([[RuleOfFunny underwater?]]) and passes out. As [=SpongeBob=] and Krabs are laughing about their trick, a news report comes on saying that the fake health inspector was captured, and they realize their mistake. They then look and see the real health inspector knocked out cold and they assume he ate the Nasty Patty.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=], Krabs or someone else to go see if he's all right. He should still have a working pulse, and they could give him a real Krabby Patty and pass the inspection.\\
'''Instead:''' They blindly assume they've killed him, starting a long charade of burying him and hiding him from the cops, [[ButtMonkey unintentionally torturing him in the process]], even though he turned out OK.
* In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV", Squidward finds out that [=SpongeBob=] has Mermaid Man's belt, after realizing that the belt has the power to shrink any physical object, and hasn't returned to Mermaid Man yet. Squidward accuses him of stealing it.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Squidward to not do anything that can anger [=SpongeBob=].\\
'''Instead:''' Squidward goes to the phone to call Mermaid Man, '''in front of [=SpongeBob=] witnessing this''', intentionally making him anxious. Guess what [=SpongeBob=] does.
* "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve": [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick adopt a baby clam which they name Junior and raise as their own with the former as the mother and the latter as the father. One morning, Patrick prepares to leave the house dressed in a suit and carrying a briefcase, prompting [=SpongeBob=] to ask why. Patrick [[StayInTheKitchen says that because he's the dad, he has to go to work]].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to investigate this further by interrogating Patrick on where he works or asking him what's in the briefcase. [=SpongeBob=] already has a job at the Krusty Krab which would conflict Patrick having to go to work.\\
'''Instead:''' He's fine with Patrick having to go to work with the promise that he'll help take care of Junior when he gets home. Patrick isn't true to his word and slacks off when he gets home. This cycle continues for a few days afterward until [=SpongeBob=] finally discovers that Patrick's idea of going to work is watching television all day under his rock.
* In "Wet Painters", [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are assigned by Mr Krabs to paint his house with permanent, white paint. Krabs decides to not pay them at all for this labor-demanding job, yet the two agree to do it, and it turns out Mr. Krabs ridiculously covers up his walls with merchandise to the last inch.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to start removing anything on the walls so they can start painting the walls.\\
'''Instead:''' Patrick manipulates [=Spongebob=] with InsaneTrollLogic that he shouldn't clear the walls since they're not getting paid to relocate the stuff, even though they're also not getting paid to even paint the walls.
* In "Krusty Krab Training Video", Plankton is stealing a Krabby Patty by having inserted spider-like robotic legs on it (at a comically slow speed). [=SpongeBob=] witnesses this.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to go snatch that Krabby Patty away from Plankton already. The narrator obviously implied [=SpongeBob=] should do this.\\
'''Instead:''' [=SpongeBob=] panics, screams in fear and runs around in circles (knocking down customers and tables in the process) without realizing that he can run much faster than Plankton's robot spider legs can, since he already beat Plankton to the doors while panicking. Mr. Krabs promptly snatches the patty, picks up Plankton, and throws him out the doors. [[InsaneTrollLogic Just why did Plankton change his mind about getting the Turbo]]?
* In "I Had an Accident" [=SpongeBob=] gets into a painful accident from sandboarding since he had his eyes closed while laughing, forcing him to have a trip to the hospital.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For [=SpongeBob=] to realize that this accident was due to him being careless and not paying attention while he was sandboarding. He was keeping his ''eyes'' closed while sandboarding down a high-risk slope!\\
'''Instead:''' He blames his accident on the fact that simply being outside is too dangerous and refuses to leave his pineapple home no matter what how badly his friends Sandy and Patrick beg him to come out.
* In "[=SpongeBob=] Meets the Strangler", the Tattle Tale Strangler puts on a mustache gag to get closer to strangling [=SpongeBob=].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to see through the PaperThinDisguise.\\
'''Instead:''' He falls for the oldest trick in the book.\\
'''What's worse:''' When [=SpongeBob=]'s friends were around for his parties, they don't see through the disguise either. It's especially egregious when you see Squidward there and remember that he was the one who first recognized the Strangler and told [=SpongeBob=] who he was. Mr. Krabs and Larry are there too and the Strangler was established to be TheDreaded even to them.

[[folder:Post-2004 Movie Seasons]]

* In "Night Light", [=SpongeBob=] develops a fear of the dark, and he gets a night light to help him sleep. This seems smart, until he sees a door open that is very dark on the other side.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to close the door, plus every other door in his bedroom.\\
'''Instead:''' he goes back to the shop to buy another. And then another. And another. And another. Even for nonsensical places like under the fridge, and inside the toilet. He buys so many night lights, he might as well just not turn the lights off at all. It gets so bad, he even goes and takes a LIGHTHOUSE after Patrick makes a hole in his wall.
* PlayedForLaughs in "Money Talks". Mr. Krabs wishes he can talk to money so he makes a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with the Flying Dutchman]]. However, when he takes his coins and bills out of his vault, they are outraged at being put in storage and demand to be spent. Two such bills want to be spent on a fairy princess outfit and diapers, respectively.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' If Mr. Krabs was going to cave in and spend the money, he would maybe do so on more practical things such as expenses for the Krusty Krab or groceries. It shouldn't matter to the money how it gets spent as long as they're away from Mr. Krabs.\\
'''You'd Also Expect:''' Mr. Krabs to just hide his money in a bank so that they can't annoy him at home or work.\\
'''Instead:''' Mr. Krabs gives in to their demands and buys the princess outfit, corn dogs and diapers anyway, and becomes embarrassed at doing so.
* In "Atlantis Squarepantis", [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick accidentally destroy the World's Oldest Living Bubble and confess to the Lord Royal Highness. Luckily, it was a prop and the real bubble was in a secure place.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For the Lord Royal Highness not to show the real bubble to [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, knowing that they somehow managed to destroy the fake bubble from behind an enormous glass sphere.\\
'''Instead:''' He shows them the real bubble, which could be destroyed significantly easier than the fake bubble. Patrick takes a picture of it and it pops, [[RageBreakingPoint making the Lord Royal Highness furious.]]
* At the end of "Penny Foolish", the penny [=SpongeBob=] found that Mr. Krabs [[MoneyFetish was obsessed with getting]] turns out to be gum for his gum collection. The "gum" in question turns out to be a $500-bill.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to keep the dollar or at least give it to Mr Krabs.\\
'''Instead:''' He ''discards it'' simply on the basis that it's not gum.
* In "Pet Or Pests", the baby worms that [=SpongeBob=] is trying to find an owner for suddenly end up in the middle of the road, and a truck is coming right for them.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to grab the worms and run them to safety.\\
'''Instead:''' He tries to ''make the truck stop'', and he succeeds, with the truck ending up barely an inch from hitting the worms.
* In "The Slumber Party", [=SpongeBob=] is forced by Mr. Krabs to don a pizza man disguise in order to keep surveillance inside Pearl's party. [[PaperThinDisguise His mustache flies away]] and Pearl and her friends confront [=SpongeBob=]. [=SpongeBob=] runs to Mr. Krabs and tells him to drive away so that he doesn't get maimed.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mr. Krabs to wait for [=SpongeBob=] to get in the car so he can drive him home.\\
'''Instead:''' He ''drives off without him'', causing [=SpongeBob=] to get impounded into a pizza.\\
'''Later:''' [=SpongeBob=] escapes, and ships himself to Mr. Krabs.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' As [=SpongeBob=] can change into different shapes, that Mr. Krabs do something to revert him back to normal.\\
'''Instead:''' He takes a piece of [=SpongeBob=], eats it, complains that he's cold and tells him that he should've been here earlier ([[{{Jerkass}} this is coming from the guy that drove away from him and left him in danger]]), and then eats another slice of [=SpongeBob=]!
* "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy":
** Plankton sneaks into Sandy's treedome and steals her fur while she takes a shower.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Sandy to put on her suit or at least throw on some clothes before running out to catch Plankton.\\
'''Instead:''' She goes outside in her underwear and gets arrested for public nudity.
** Plankton, having rigged Sandy's pelt with controls so it can walk normally, takes it to the Krusty Krab to - what else? - steal the Krabby Patty recipe. He walks the pelt into the kitchen with [=SpongeBob=].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to realize it isn't Sandy. It's obviously not her voice, there were holes in the pelt where her eyes and mouth should be and to top it off, she isn't even wearing her air suit.\\
'''Instead:''' He happily shows Sandy!Plankton ''how to make a Krabby Patty'', and then, when Mr. Krabs ''puts the bottle with the secret formula in the kitchen'', Sandy!Plankton swipes it, and tries to run off with it.
* "A Pal for Gary" is pretty much the textbook definition of this trope.
** The whole episode involves [=SpongeBob=] getting a new toy-like thing named Puffy Fluffy, for Gary to play with, completely unaware that it hates being around other pets (even when the pet seller told him that). He showers Puffy Fluffy with respect and tries to force Gary to accept him. That night, he thinks Gary and Puffy Fluffy will get along perfectly, but Puffy Fluffy transforms into a monster and terrorizes Gary throughout the house. It causes damage to [=SpongeBob=]'s house, and the next morning when [=SpongeBob=] wakes up, ''he thinks Gary is responsible!'' He enters the living room and sees Gary in Puffy Fluffy's mouth!\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to try to save Gary.\\
'''Instead:''' He angrily tells Gary to put Puffy Fluffy down. Uh, yeah, he can't do that right now, because Puffy Fluffy has him '''IN HIS MOUTH'''! As he continues to rant, he is then taken by Puffy Fluffy's fangs.\\
'''Then:''' Gary saves [=SpongeBob=] by using a lasso and acting like a cowboy, and knocks [=SpongeBob=] out of Puffy Fluffy's mouth. Puffy Fluffy then breaks out of the pineapple house and flees.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to finally realize what Fluffy really was, and apologize to Gary for treating him so terribly, considering he, oh you know, '''JUST SAVED HIS LIFE.'''\\
'''Instead:''' He tries to get Puffy Fluffy back, but after that fails, he ''scolds Gary AGAIN''. '''[[BigWhat WHAT?!]]''' He neglected his own pet horribly in favor of a monster and ''NEVER'' apologized! And despite that, they make up in the very next scene with little trouble, in which [=SpongeBob=] decides to take Gary to work everyday so he won't neglect him.\\
'''Extra Idiot Points:''' Considering that at the beginning of the episode, [=SpongeBob=] felt bad and that he was neglecting Gary, he should have thought of THAT while Puffy Fluffy was there, but NOOOOOOO.\\
'''[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Let's Face It]]:''' [=SpongeBob=] was just a severe jerk in this episode. He was also a very reality-blind idiot as well.
* In "Kracked Krabs", Mr. Krabs enters a video of him being cheap to win the "Cheapest Crab Alive" award. In the video, Mr. Krabs puts a sign for free Krabby Patties attracting a crowd of customers and then charges $1 per footstep.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The crowd to do the smart thing and, upon seeing the sign, would get all their Krabby Patties to go and take very large strides to make sure they can pay as little as possible, or go to a different restaurant.\\
'''Instead:''' Upon seeing the sign, the customers start bouncing around and taking tons of footsteps in panic. Later, they lose like 50 Krabby Patties, throwing them off balance and making them take more footsteps, which ends up costing them ''more than what the Krabby Patties would have cost.'' It's incidents like this that make you wonder if anyone in Bikini Bottom except Squidward, Sandy, and Mr. Krabs knows the value of a dollar. At least it was kind of [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funny]].
* In "One Coarse Meal", [=SpongeBob=] has witnessed Plankton wishing to get run over due to being scared to death by Krabs in a whale's disguise, when he told it to Krabs, he [[MoralEventHorizon laughs at Plankton's misery]]. [=SpongeBob=] then returns to Plankton who gets told a secret by [=SpongeBob=].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For [=SpongeBob=] to either mouth off to Krabs about what he had done to Plankton just like previous seasons or attempt to help Plankton get out of his suicide mode in any way, even if he has to tell his boss Krabs his true fear of losing money.\\
'''Instead:''' [=SpongeBob=] tells Plankton Krab's false fear of mimes that didn't even budge Krabs one bit and just as Plankton gets his deserved revenge [=SpongeBob=] drives him back home with the (holographic) whales nearby essentially returning Plankton to his suicidal state again. And Krabs congratulates him for it.\\
'''Thus:''' Thanks to [=SpongeBob=]'s obliviousness of Krab's MoralEventHorizon, Krabs becomes a KarmaHoudini essentially becoming the epitome of DesignatedHero.
* "Gramma's Secret Recipe" is about Plankton masquerading as his grandmother in order to steal the Krabby Patty recipe. At the beginning of the episode, Plankton has an {{Imagine Spot}} where he, in disguise, goes into the Krusty Krab and is able to get the recipe from Krabs pretty much just by asking.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Plankton to simply perform the plan he just came up with in his head.\\
'''Instead:''' He goes to [=SpongeBob=]'s house and claims to be ''[=SpongeBob=]'s'' grandmother to learn the formula's location from him (of course, [=SpongeBob=] falls for it, but that's not the point). Plankton, as [=SpongeBob=]'s "Great Grammy-Maw," is dragged around by [=SpongeBob=] to do boring activities, and when he actually ''does'' get to the formula, he (Plankton) ends up getting busted by his real grandmother.
* In "Shellback Shenanigans", Plankton disguises himself as Gary, [=SpongeBob=]'s pet snail, to get the Krabby Patty formula.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to realize that so-called Gary that's "turning green and [[SuddenlyVoiced talking]]" is really Plankton.\\
'''Instead:''' He actually ''believes'' that Plankton is Gary. Not only that, the doctors thought he was Gary, too!
* Plankton's plan in "Frozen Face-Off". He builds a robotic duplicate of himself to distract everyone else at a sled race while he is back at the Krusty Krab. But Karen is left out of it.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Plankton to have built a duplicate for Karen or a robotic worm. With Karen around, Plankton could have stolen the formula much quicker than in the episode.\\
'''Instead:''' He has Karen freeze her circuits in the sled race so he could get the formula himself. Ultimately, Karen joins [=SpongeBob=] and friends to thwart his plan.
* In "Little Yellow Book", where Squidward catches [=SpongeBob=] writing in his diary and when Squidward has it in his hands, wondering what it is, [=SpongeBob=] defensively takes it away from him.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to keep it with him or hide it when Squidward's not around.\\
'''Instead:''' He leaves it out in the open and Squidward reads it after luring him away.\\
'''Thus:''' [=SpongeBob=] is humiliated.
* In the episode "House Sittin' for Sandy", [=SpongeBob=] accidentally knocks a science beaker off a table and it rolls off.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to run and pick it up.\\
'''Instead:''' He ''stays there'' and ''watches'' it roll.\\
'''Extra Idiot Points:''' Had this been real life, [=SpongeBob=] could've easily picked up the beaker because it'd stop rolling midway through due to friction, or at the very least roll in a tight circle.\\
'''Then:''' It rolls into the shed where Sandy keeps her robots and taps one of the robots, causing him to fall onto another one, activating it. The robots then fight each other, blast out of the shed, and then wreak havoc in Sandy's treedome.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick to take evasive action like try and find the switch that can turn off all the robots, or just fight them.\\
'''Instead:''' They ''still just stand there'', and do NOTHING to stop the robots.\\
'''After All Of This:''' Sandy comes over and uses a ray gun that looks like she's going to shoot them at first, but actually shoots everything damaged. She then reveals all of this was an experiment so she could test the gun. They all say "YAY!", then [=SpongeBob=] drops the beaker AGAIN!\\
'''You'd ''Then'' Expect:''' For all of them to run and pick it up again.\\
'''[[RuleOfThree Instead]]:''' What happened before happens again.\\
'''You'd THEN Expect:''' That they'd fight the robots, turn off their switches or for Sandy to blast them with the ray gun.\\
'''[[OverlyLongGag Instead]]:''' They WATCH the robots destroy the treedome AGAIN. Luckily for Sandy, she plans to fix everything with the ray gun...but then one of the robots takes it and destroys it. [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick then [[KarmaHoudini nervously exit the treedome to prevent themselves from getting into more trouble with Sandy.]]
* In "The Krabby Patty that Ate Bikini Bottom", Mr. Krabs learns that Sandy has invented a serum that makes food grow to giant size. He manages to get [=SpongeBob=] over with a Krabby Patty, and Sandy tests her serum by putting one drop on the patty. Nothing happens. Sandy then announces that she needs to use the ladies' room.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Sandy to give the serum to [=SpongeBob=], since he's better friends with her and he knows not to go against what she says.\\
'''Instead:''' She gives the serum to ''Mr. Krabs'', who clearly wants to use the serum for his own gain, and runs off. Krabs promptly dumps the whole bottle of serum on the Krabby Patty, despite [=SpongeBob=]'s protests. The two then leave.\\
'''It Gets Worse:''' Later, not only has the patty grown to gigantic size, it's become sentient and starts consuming everything in the Krusty Krab. The customers, Squidward, and [=SpongeBob=] begin to flee the restaurant.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mr. Krabs to join the crowd and get away from the monstrous patty.\\
'''Instead:''' He ''[[TakingYouWithMe blocks Squidward and SpongeBob in]]'', claiming the giant patty is "a dream come true," and that they should "stay and work." He then runs ''straight'' into the Monster Patty, because [[MoneyFetish "Cashie"]] is getting eaten, with Krabs following suit.
* In "Face Freeze!", [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are told that if they keep on making "[[NightmareFace funny]]" faces, then their faces will freeze and stay like that. They try so hard to not make faces, but it's obvious that they are going to snap.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Since they can't resist for them to make only three or two faces and keep them on for, say, a microsecond.\\
'''Instead:''' They make several funny faces and keep one on to debunk the "freezing" claim. Their faces freeze.\\
'''So:''' They go to Sandy's to fix their faces.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Sandy would use some serum experiment or other thing to fix their faces.\\
'''Instead:''' She "fixes" their faces by moving them around with her hands, which only makes them look even worse. Mr. Krabs discovers [=SpongeBob=] made faces, and he promptly gets face freeze. Then Patrick comes over, and Squidward's face freezes as well.
* In "It's a [=SpongeBob=] Christmas!", Plankton decides that in order to get the Krabby Patty, he needs to sell fruitcakes with the element "Jerktonium" in them. He goes to sell it and finds [=SpongeBob=], who eats all of the fruitcake without turning into a jerk. When Plankton walks off, [=SpongeBob=] sells the food to nearby Christmas carolers, who turn into jerks upon eating them.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to realize that the fruitcake has Jerktonium and to try to get rid of it.\\
'''Instead:''' Since he's immune to Jerktonium, he goes around selling the fruitcake--and promptly turns everyone into [[{{Jerkass}} jerks]].\\
'''Compounding It''' There's Plankton's plot with the Jerktonium. The first song in the special claims that Santa 'has his Jolly Little Eyes' on everyone in Bikini Bottom.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Santa, being the personification of all that is good, would realize that the citizens of Bikini Bottom have artificially been turned into jerks, give Plankton another lump of coal for the year and find a way to reverse the element. [[spoiler:Like song.]]\\
'''Instead:''' He never suspects Plankton was behind the plot the whole time.\\
'''To Make Matters Worse:''' When Plankton builds a Robotic [=SpongeBob=] due to the real one's immunity to the element, it starts to wreck havoc. Keep in mind it is colored gray, and essentially looks nothing like him.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' See above, but replace 'artificially been turned into jerks' with 'The robot framed him.'\\
'''Instead:''' Again, Plankton isn't suspected and [=SpongeBob=] gets the blame.
* At the end of "Eek, an Urchin!", [=SpongeBob=] has gathered all the urchins in a trash can and is going to several places in order to release them, but no matter how far away he is, Mr. Krabs still thinks that the places he's in are still too close to the Krusty Krab.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [=SpongeBob=] to release the urchins somewhere far away, no matter how close it may seem to Mr. Krabs.\\
'''Instead:''' He releases them [[HereWeGoAgain right in front of the Krusty Krab]], right back where he started!
* In "Good Ol' Whatshisname", Squidward tries to learn the name of a Krusty Krab customer in order to win what he thinks is a free vacation for a contest called by Mr. Krabs. When the fish only answers his question with "What zit tooyah?" (which, by ContrivedCoincidence, is [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude actually his name]]), Squidward tries distracting him in order to take his wallet and find his ID.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Squidward to keep Whatzit Tooyah distracted and quickly read his ID before slipping his wallet back into his pocket.\\
'''Instead:''' He waves the wallet in Whatzit's face before running off with it, and in doing so, runs through a No Crossing sign, attracting the attention of a police officer. Squidward ends up in jail for a long time with Patrick as his cellmate, and to add insult to injury, the real prize for the contest was simply the brochure of a resort that Mr. Krabs presented, and not a vacation to said resort.
* In the recent episode ''Doodle Dimension'', Sandy tells [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick to not push any buttons on her new teleporter.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick to simply not touch the control panel, and do something else to spend the time.\\
'''Instead:''' They begin pushing all the buttons ''immediately'' after Sandy leaves for supplies, and judging by their sarcastic tones they didn't take her warning seriously.\\
Later on, [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are now stuck in the titular WhiteVoidRoom thanks to what they did in the above. They begin dwelling on how they miss Bikini Bottom, and Patrick is about to mention that he misses [=SpongeBob=].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Patrick to realize that [=SpongeBob=] is right in front of him.\\
'''Instead:''' Patrick draws another [=SpongeBob=] [[FailedASpotCheck and doesn't realize until it's too late]]. Bear in mind that in the Doodle Dimension, anything they draw comes to life (Much like the Magic Pencil in ''Frankendoodle'').\\
'''As A Result:''' [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick go from being trapped in a WhiteVoidRoom to being [[AloneWithThePsycho trapped with Doodlebob]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice work, Patrick]].\\

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* In TheMovie, when Squidward realizes that Plankton is giving away Krabby Patties at the Chum Bucket.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Squidward to keep his mouth closed and not reveal to Plankton that he knows his plan. He could then go notify the authorities.\\
'''Instead:''' '' Squidward storms into the Chum Bucket and explicitly tells Plankton about his plan and says that he will report him,'' thus allowing Plankton to activate the Chum Bucket helmets and have the mind-controlled citizens kidnap him. Lampshaded when Plankton called Squidward "Inspector LooseLips."
** Later, when [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick is arrive at the [[TheBait Free ice-cream]] so [=SpongeBob=] is getting the ice cream while Patrick is to wait in the Patty Wagon. However, Patrick starts noticing there are [[OhCrap skulls all over the place]] and realizes that [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere they should get out as soon as possible]].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Patrick to drive the Patty Wagon to get [=SpongeBob=] away to safety.\\
'''Instead:''' Patrick at first tries screaming for [=SpongeBob=] rather than just driving to him, and once [=SpongeBob=] is already at the ice cream stand which is a trap, he replies "Make mine a chocolate!".
* In ''VideoGame/SpongeBobSquarePantsBattleForBikiniBottom'', Plankton has built a machine that will mass-produce him a robot army to help him steal the Krabby Patty formula and possibly destroy Bikini Bottom in the process. However, he included an "Obey"/"Don't Obey" switch, and left it on "Don't Obey".\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Plankton to notice this and set the switch on "Obey" before turning on the machine. Or, you know, [[TooDumbToLive not put that switch on the machine in the first place.]]\\
'''Instead:''' He leaves the "Obey"/"Don't Obey" switch alone, turns on the machine and creates the robots. They immediately turn against him, kicking off the plot of the game.