Considering that its Nickelodeons longest running show, it has spawned many awesome moments throughout its lifespan.
- The SpongeBob Christmas special. Half of the episode was made up of awesome. Especially the song and at the end, with Squidward being nice and giving away everything for the sake of making SpongeBob happy after he made him upset in the first place. Also could count as a Heartwarming moment.
- There's SpongeBob taking on a King Jellyfish when the incredible Jellyspotters couldn't. "Everybody loves pie!"
- In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III", SpongeBob, despite being dumb enough to free Man Ray from his prison, knew enough about the show to incapacitate him with the "Tickle Belt". After Man Ray gives Patrick a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown after a failed lesson in being good, Patrick proceeded to torture him with the belt.
SpongeBob: Okay, goodness lesson number three.. okay, um...
Patrick: I've got one! I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 100, what is it?
Man Ray: Um... 62?
Patrick: WRONG! [presses button]
- SpongeBob says this after erasing DoodleBob in "Frankendoodle":
SpongeBob: I AM SPONGEBOB, DESTROYER OF EVIL!
Patrick: Take it easy, it's just a drawing.
- Patrick actually outwitting SpongeBob (and briefly the audience) in "The Secret Box" by making him think the contents of his box is just a piece of string. Just silly old Patrick, right? Wrong!
- The end of "Band Geeks". You know what we're talking about. They rock out for Squidward after he gives up on the entire town. This ultimately ends with Squidward rocking out with them, and Squilliam getting a heart attack and being taken away. That scene, combined with the usual hilarity, is why many fans consider this the best episode ever. Undisputedly the greatest moment in the entire series.
- Before he starts conducting, Squidward is anticipating a disaster and has to deal with Squilliam smugly smiling at him. After the first verse, Squilliam is left in shock and a now confident Squidward tosses his baton away in triumph and begins leading the band with his full arms.
- Best of all is the instant when both SpongeBob and Plankton join forces on the mic for that big "YEAH!". Frequent enemies working together for a common (good) cause? AWESOME.
- It becomes a bit of a Heartwarming moment when you flashback to F.U.N. from season one. Perhaps a small glimmer of SpongeBob's friendship really did stick with Plankton.
- Almost as awesome are Mrs. Puff playing the guitar (complete with rock star movements during her solo), Plankton's keyboard solo as the band members part to reveal SpongeBob standing in a spotlight with a microphone, and a sunglasses-wearing Patrick on the drums. (And honorable mention goes to Sandy on bass, Mr. Krabs on keytar, Pearl on sax, and the various fish extras for the opening trumpet fanfare.)
- During a four-day marathon of Nicktoons programming held throughout Thanksgiving 2007 called the Nicktoons Superstuffed Weekend, a countdown was held of the top 100 Nicktoons moments of all time (as voted on by users of Nick.com). This was number one, as it should be.
- It has led to its own Youtube fad in which the uploaders sync the footage to Awesome Music of their choice.
- Not just the song Sweet Victory itself, but the fact Squidward got A Day in the Limelight which ended with him ending with him as a victor for the first time in the series.
- The episode is so beloved, in fact, that dozens of animators collaborated together to make a reanimated version on Youtube for free.
- The entirety of Graveyard Shift counts: The humor, the animation and the voice acting all make the episode one of its best.
- "Krusty Love", where after Mr. Krabs has SpongeBob going to store for something and then get on him for spending his money, SpongeBob snaps and actually swears. He also "cursed" Shiva. (all we hear is gibberish and we see Mrs. Puff pull out a dictionary and blush at what he's saying, but it's still awesome).
- The jellyfish in the episode "Jellyfish Hunter" get one when they are freed and give Mr. Krabs his just desserts.
- In the episode "One Krabs' Trash", Mr. Krabs has to get back the #1 hat from a graveyard. This leads to him beating up an entire army of undead skeletons with one of the skeleton's (a swordfish) head. And he does this from the dead of night straight through to dawn, fighting his way through the entire cemetery!
- "LOOK AT ME! I'm Errol FIN!!!"
- The climax of "Can You Spare A Dime" where, after months of Squidward's abuse, SpongeBob goes to Mr. Krabs to get Squidward his job back and when Mr. Krabs doesn't, SpongeBob takes 800 levels in pure badass and grabs Mr. Krabs, lifts him over his head and chokes the living hell out of him.
- "No Weenies Allowed", which featured SpongeBob trying to get into a tough bar, and failing. At the end, SpongeBob pretends to get into a fight with Patrick, and the ensuing fight that follows is pretty awesome. The man is so impressed, he finally lets SpongeBob in.
- Note that Patrick was beating himself up. Brutally.
- In "Squilliam Returns", Squidward's plans to make Squilliam think that he is the owner of a five-star restaurant end up starting to derail at the last minute. Luckily, SpongeBob manages to transform the Krusty Krab into a five-star restaurant within seconds, and Squidward succeeds in having another victory over Squilliam (even if it didn't last long). This episode, along with "Band Geeks", both show that SpongeBob has the power to help out Squidward when he's in need. (Well sure, the fact that he was given a book called "How To Become A Fancy Waiter in Less Than 20 Minutes" may have helped as well.)
- In "Born Again Krabs", when Mr. Krabs sold SpongeBob's soul for 62 cents, Squidward, who usually hates SpongeBob with a passion, called out Krabs on this:
Mr. Krabs, I can't believe I'm saying this, but how could you sell SpongeBob for 62 cents? Mr. Krabs: You think I could have gotten more? Squidward:
He stuck up for you and you sold him out? [points at Krabs]
YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!
- Just preceding that: just when the Flying Dutchman is about to collect Mr. Krabs's soul for failing to follow up on his promise to be a better person. SpongeBob bets his soul to prove that Krabs isn't a total skinflint and that there's a heart in him. When the deal falls through, Krabs is crestfallen. However, the mood is alleviated thirty seconds after SpongeBob goes for another CMOA: he gets out of being stuck in Davy Jones's Locker by accidentally annoying the Flying Dutchman.
- The movie in general, as it has all of the right humor that made SpongeBob popular to begin with, a pretty gripping story involving Plankton finally getting his wish to rule the world, and it added in a lot of great character development for both SpongeBob and Patrick, who wind up growing up quite a bit in the film.
- Squidward easily finds out about Plankton's plan. How he did it is unknown, but him finding out and calling Plankton out...that was kinda cool.
- Two rednecks bet that SpongeBob and Patrick couldn't last 10 seconds beyond the county line, which is in the middle of nowhere. All of a sudden, a thug comes up and takes their vehicle. How many seconds was that? 12 seconds.
- At the end, SpongeBob singing "I'm a Goofy Goober" and breaking everyone free from Plankton's control.
- He also defeats Neptune using The Power of Rock. It's especially obvious in the GBA game but is in the movie as well
- And, to top it all off, the movie ends with a rather heartwarming moment for SpongeBob as he gets his well-deserved promotion and topping off the end of the series with a good little pop song by Ween with a montage of SpongeBob enjoying his new position. Apparently, the creators have stated that even though they've continued making episodes, the movie is basically where the SpongeBob story ends.
- In "Selling Out", Mr Krabs decides to sell his restaurant to Howard Blandy to retire with his money. When he discovers that Blandy and his cronies are making Krabby Patties with unnatural materials and a conveyor belt, Krabs refuses to stand for it and exposes the truth to everyone. He then rounds it off by voicing his disgust at Blandy and co, buying back the restaurant and getting rid of them. The way he calls them out is especially awesome.
- In "Krusty Towers", Mr. Krabs gets the idea of running a hotel just so he could charge extra for a Krabby Patty. Squidward is put through hell and back by Patrick making many absurd requests of services after checking in, as "[We] shall never deny a guest even the most ridiculous request". Eventually, Squidward turns this against Krabs by quitting, checking in as a regular customer, and making a variety of ridiculous requests himself at Krabs's expense.
- Plankton finally getting his dream to grow an extra hundred feet or rather, centimeters, considering his scale to be able to crush his enemies in "Wishing You Well". One of the very few episodes to leave him on a happy note, merrily smashing large buildings to a pulp.
- In "Rule of Dumb", Patrick becomes king after it's discovered that he is of royal descent, then he proceeds to be an asshole by taking other peoples' things and do whatever he wants. Then, when he attempts to destroy Squidward's house in order to build a personal amusement park, wait for this... SQUIDWARD, the biggest Butt-Monkey in the show, is able to get the construction workers to stop messing with his house and convince them that Patrick is an incompetent ruler, so he shouldn't be listen to! Then, when SpongeBob tries to get Squidward to comply by signing a treaty, Squidward (non-fatally) puts it through SpongeBob's forehead.
- SpongeBob gets one in the beginning of "New Digs," when he is running to work and is able to leap past a huge "bridge out" gap!!
- After an electric shock affects Squidward's brain in "A Breath of Fresh Squidward", he ends up as friendly, competent and beloved as SpongeBob, to the point of finally winning Employee of the Month and breaking the latter's winning streak. Extra points for spending most of the episode basically getting indirect payback on SpongeBob and driving him crazy with his own clingy, over the top antics.
- "Goo Goo Gas" is a minor one for Plankton. Not only is his plan fairly effective (if unstable), but it consists of a moment he finally gets Karen to shut up. When she begins snarking about how he hasn't thought his plan through, he agrees, and uses her as a test subject, the gas downgrading her into a calculator.
- "House Fancy" represents another rare triumph for Squidward over his hated rival, Squilliam Fancyson. After seeing Squilliam's ridiculously opulent house on the in-universe series House Fancy, Squidward tells presenter Nicholas Withers (voiced by guest star Alton Brown, host of Good Eats) that his own house puts Squilliam's to shame, and with only two hours to make good on his claim, he reluctantly enlists SpongeBob's help in re-decorating. Inevitably, SpongeBob destroys or otherwise mars everything he touches, and when he tries to vacuum up the debris, the out-of-control cleaner sucks up all of Squidward's possessions until the bag explodes and takes out Squidward's entire house... just as Withers and Squilliam arrive. However, the pieces of the house land in a rather attractive minimalist formation, and Withers declares it the next great thing in home decoration, announces an hour-long special on Squidward's house, and proclaims him the winner of an award that was intended for Squilliam, who promptly faints in despair.
- Another awesome moment goes to the writers of all people. In the beginning, SpongeBob says that he gave Patrick his brain for two chocolate bars, something a viewer could forget about. But when SpongeBob is helping Squidward, he acts really out of character and just out of it (EX: he is asked to paint a faded spot of the wall in Squidward's house. Normally, he would just do it and probably mess up in someway, but instead, he absorbs the paint and covers the whole room.) Then, when Patrick appears, he reveals that SpongeBob's brain really was given to him. One could expect the writers to make SpongeBob really stupid, but instead they had him act unlike his normal himself. Pretty good writing for an episode otherwise considered pretty lackluster.
- Okay, so SpongeBob is weak enough to barely lift 2 stuffed animals, right? But in "Pets or Pests", when he is left with a litter of worms, he gets so protective of them that not only does he tackle Larry, one of the strongest sea creatures around, when Larry threatens to eat them, but when a speeding truck is about to run the worms over, he stops it by ripping open the grille to get into the hood, then removing the entire engine block! SpongeBob was pumped up with awesomeness right there.
- The fight scene in "Sand Castles in the Sand". They just had enough badassery to create all of that with nothing but sand. The battle also ends in the most awesome way possible. After Patrick nukes SpongeBob's castle, SpongeBob kamikazes his fighter jet into the giant robot head Patrick was piloting!
- Onto that note, Patrick firing a cannonball at SpongeBob's forces.
- The episode itself can be considered a meta example for the writers, since it was written during season 6, which is widely considered one of SpongeBob's worst seasons.
- Plankton gets another moment in "Tentacle-Vision" when he managed to blast Mr. Krabs with his Death Laser. Unfortunately, Krabs did survive it, but he was charred pretty badly.
- Even "A Pal For Gary" has an awesome moment - upon seeing his master in danger of being eaten, Gary immediately overcomes his fear of Puffy Fluffy and bravely whips the monster to knock SpongeBob out of his mouth and drive him away. It becomes twice as awesome when you remember that SpongeBob has treated Gary like crap throughout the whole episode, yet Gary STILL chooses to come to the rescue instead of leaving SpongeBob to die.
- "SpongeBob's Last Stand" is a giant moment of awesome - from Sponge and Pat's insanely catching "Jellyfishing Song," to the two of them going to every length to keep Jellyfish Fields from getting turned into a highway, to their surprisingly awesome "Give Jellyfish Fields a Chance" John Lennon parody (which leads to them getting arrested for their peaceful protesting), to everyone in Bikini Bottom teaming up to save Jellyfish Fields, to the reprise of the aforementioned "Jellyfishing Song".
- The episode "Back to the Past" gains an undeniable CMOA when we meet the young Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy... Because they're voiced by Adam West and Burt Ward!
- Squidward trying to get SpongeBob to cry in "A Day Without Tears", but amazingly, SpongeBob manages to resist every move and hold in his tears all the way until midnight, with plenty of Mood Whiplashes where he instantly snaps out. It's amazing to see how determined he is to control his crying.
- Before this, when Squidward utters to him out loud that he wants to win the bed, this shocks SpongeBob and he thinks out loud: "I am not gonna cry, I am not gonna cry!"
- In one episode, Mr. Krabs discovers Gary has a "talent" for finding spare change, so he begins to take Gary around Bikini Bottom, stealing all the spare change he can find while keeping SpongeBob distracted by assigning him multiple tasks at the Krusty Krab. Eventually, one of Mr. Krabs' victims bumps into SpongeBob on the street, indirectly claiming his change was stolen by Mr. Krabs. The writers could've easily made SpongeBob dismiss the whole thing, but instead, he goes full Papa Wolf, confronts Mr. Krabs at his next heist, and straight up stands up against his own boss for abusing Gary. Considering how he seldom does that, it was great seeing that SpongeBob was setting that Jerkass straight. Unfortunately, this glorious moment is cut short considering that during the whole confrontation, Gary was collecting an entire tidal wave of change, distracting Mr. Krabs and prompting SpongeBob and Gary to make a break for it. Mr. Krabs ended up in the hospital, and all the change he heisted was used to pay his health bills. Served him right.
- Made even more awesome if you remember that SpongeBob has been acting like a doormat to Mr. Krabs in the later seasons.
- Patrick in "The Great Patty Caper" manages to outrun the train not once, nor twice, not even thrice, but four times, and managed to throw a boulder in front of the train on his last outrunning!
- SpongeBob epically transforming into a hang-glider to catch up.
- At the end of "Enchanted Tiki Dreams", SpongeBob and Patrick, even after ruining the paradise they created for him, still try to make Squidward relax by building him a swinging pirate ship and hurting themselves when it sways. If that's not Squidward winning once again, then nothing is.
- This scene in "The Abrasive Side". Even though SpongeBob is desperately trying to hold off his abrasive side, when he tries to apologize to Mr. Krabs after his abrasive side requests Krabs pay him overtime, this happens:
SpongeBob: Mr. Krabs! Mr. Krabs!
Mr. Krabs: (panicking) What do you want now, Mr. Pottymouth?!
SpongeBob: But Mr. Krabs, I never use immoderate language, like— [transforms into abrasive side] OVERTIME!
Mr. Krabs: [screams in terror]
- Even though it was supposed to be serious and accidental, SpongeBob standing up to Mr. Krabs and striking such fear into him earns it this spot.
- The ending of "Accidents Will Happen", a similar episode to "Can You Spare a Dime". After making Krabs wait on him hand and foot by threatening to report his workplace accident to the authorities, Squidward is revealed to have had his accident while sleeping on the job, and is forced to wait on Krabs hand and foot in revenge.
- "Frozen Face-Off". How badly does Plankton want the Krabby Patty formula? He goes as far as to rip a piece of the safe holding it off, before ripping THAT in half, and than proceeds to rip apart an ATOM, all with his BARE HANDS! This results in an atomic blast, destroying the Krusty Krab, as well as the safe...but NOT PLANKTON! Plankton, a being so small that he is defeated by being stepped on, SURVIVES AN ATOMIC BLAST, while being right in the center, something that would kill ANYONE, he survives. All because he wants the Krabby Patty formula.
- Mr. Krabs gets one in "Mr. Krabs Takes A Vacation". While Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob tour the Ocean Mint, at one point, two robbers try to rob the money, and try to harm the other tourists. Mr. Krabs defends them, and uses SpongeBob to lasso them out of the Mint and into a police boat. This shows Mr. Krabs can care about others, not just money. If you want a redeeming example from his mean actions in the past few seasons, this should do it.
- In "Way of the Sponge", SpongeBob beating up Sandy's karate master Fuzzy Acorns without even trying whilst doing his fry cook duties.
- The finale of "Are You Happy Now?" has Squidward violently tearing apart a room full of paper-mache SpongeBob replicas. It is HUGELY cathartic after all the crap SpongeBob puts Squidward through.
- Gary doing all sorts of tricks (from art sculpting to a classic motorcycle jump over trailers and a hoop of fire) just to earn Snail Bites in "Treats!"
- The utterly gorgeous duet between SpongeBob and Squidward at the end of "Hello Bikini Bottom", with SpongeBob on ukulele and Squidward, beautifully, playing his clarinet.
- Feral Squidward eating the fish that was about to eat him in "Feral Friends". Save for Pearl, he's the biggest and strongest of the sea creatures hit by Neptune's Moon.
- SpongeBob saving Patrick from DoodleBob in "Doodle Dimension"
- In spite of being literally scared out of his skin in "The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom", SpongeBob manages to save his friends from the Flying Dutchman by scaring him with the Sugar Bowl inside his mind.
- At the end of "Krabby Patty Creature Feature", SpongeBob saves the day with nothing but his wits, a pair or sporks, and a pile of chum.
- "Larry the Floor Manager" has the battle between SpongeBob and the starving customers against Larry and his bodybuilders. One particular scene stands out, in which Bubble Bass is cornered with his foe baring down at him. What does Bubble Bass do? He turns around smirking to reveal a slingshot-wielding SpongeBob strapped to his back. That's right, SpongeBob and Bubble Bass collaborated.
- The sheer lengths Squidward goes to in order to help Pearl in "Whale Watching". He manages climb up the side of a mountain with his bike through sheer determination. Then he manages to save Pearl from dying from sun exposure (after she got beached) through some quick thinking using a bicycle pump to inflate her.
- Also Pearl and Squidward getting back at Jerkass Dylan (who convinced Pearl to go the breach party and abandoned her when she got beached) by torturing him with Spongebob.
- In "Krusty Cleaners" Sponge and Patrick defeating the rampaging robot and electronics with a freaking tank.
- SpongeBob in "Drive Happy" repeatedly reminding Coupe that he has to go to work even when Coupe refuses and takes advantage of SpongeBob by doing things for himself. Finally when SpongeBob has enough he forces Coupe to pull over by threatening to pee in the car and afterwards forcibly installs a steering wheel to take control of the car.
- You know your show is successful when the Russian army marches to the theme song.
- Despite the Seasonal Rot, Flanderization and the divided fanbase it went through, this show was still popular enough with its Target Demographic to win 16 Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Cartoon! As of now, it was only beaten once—by Avatar.
- Despite the divided opinions, many can note improvements made in the ninth season, especially in the second half, made after the second movie. Humor is much better and does not rely on black comedy and gross-out moments (for the most part), also animation became more fluid. Notable examples are Two Thumbs Down and Sold!.
- While it was only a few seconds, the fact that the show was even acknowledged at Super Bowl 53, and with Squidward in his Band Geeks outfit, is pretty impressive.
- In response to the outcry from the lack of "Sweet Victory" at the Superbowl, the full scene (albeit with changed colors and some new live-action footage) was played at a Dallas Stars hockey game the day after.
- The video game, Battle For Bikini Bottom, turns SpongeBob into a badass. He fights King Jellyfish to get his jelly to fix Squidward's stings, transverses a completely wrecked downtown to find steering wheels, fights through waves of robots to get the sun lotion back, shuts down the security system of the Mermalair and stops a villain from escaping, goes through Rock Bottom to retrieve the museum's paintings, beats speed records on Sand Mountain as well as destroying all the robots on the slopes, survives Kelp Forest, wins a battle against robot-controlled pirate ship using the Flying Dutchman's own ship, and defeats robot versions of Sandy, Patrick, himself and Plankton! His final power, Cruise Bubble, is a remote-controlled bubble-missile. He can use it as many times as he wants, so the final power SpongeBob gets is a unlimited remote-controlled rocket launcher!
- Can we just appreciate how freaking jacked Sandy can become sometimes, seemingly becoming that ripped by pure willpower? I mean, dang, s◊h◊e◊ is freaking huge!
- "Untidaled" has many characters take a level in badass. Notable moments are:
- The Free Comic Book Day 2018 issue. They managed to fit nearly the ENTIRE Mermaid Man Rogues Gallery into both the front AND back covers, as well as add in a few non-Mermaid Man villains. Heck, some of the villains on the cover includes villains only Nickelodeon Magazine subscribers would recognize, such as the Mad Dancer!
- Then there's the story that the cover is based on, "Super Villain Team Up," where Plankton does a Villain Team-Up with Man Ray (and eventually Man Ray's entire rogues gallery thanks to SpongeBob's obliviousness to his motives) to steal the Krabby Patty formula. If they hadn't destroyed the Krusty Krab for 8 hours straight, they would've won, and their plan is ultimately thwarted by Mermaid Man and Golden Doubloon, AKA Mr. Krabs who's been trained by Mermaid Man to become a superhero. The Gilded Guardian manages to use his coin weaponry to easily take down all of the Mermaid Man villains EXCEPT Man Ray, who easily deflects the coins with his Galactic Glove, so SpongeBob makes Man Ray vulnerable by using an "Oven Mitt of Destiny" to easily yank the glove out of Man Ray's hand, allowing Golden Doubloon to finish the job. Once all that's said and done...
Mr. Krabs: Mermaid Man, all your hard work and super-mentoring saved me business and future earnings... but since we never agreed on an exact number, I'm sure this handshake will be all the payment you'll need.
Mermaid Man: Sure is! I traded the sponge kid a few signed comic books for it. (presses a button) Let's see what the "Tightwad" button does...
(an explosion destroys the Krusty Krab)
- SpongeBob epically chewing out Randy Albacore in "The Liar!" for humiliating him when no-one would believe that SpongeBob had met him.
SpongeBob: You... RUINED MY LIFE! EVERYONE THINKS I'M A LIAR NOW BECAUSE OF YOU! Why don't you leave me alone? Why didn't you ignore me? I'm not a liar! But because of you, no one believes me now!
- Patrick beating the literal pulp out of Gourdy in 'Gourd of Horror'.