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The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

    King Neptune 

King Neptune

Voiced by: Jeffrey Tambor

The ruler of the sea, whose crown is his prize possession and holds his symbol of authority over all his undersea kingdom. While he has a completely different design and voice from the series, Word of God has said that they consider him interchangeable with the main series Neptune.

  • Absurdly Bright Light: His bald head is so bright that it hurts someone's eyes.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's balding and he's the king of the sea.
  • Baldness Angst: He's so concerned with covering his baldness that he doesn't notice Plankton taking over Bikini Bottom.
  • The Caligula: Not above using harsh punishments for the most petty of reasons. If it weren't for Mindy's intervention, he would have sentenced the royal crown polisher to 20 years in the dungeon for touching his crown, the job that he was hired to do.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Granted, stealing a royal crown is a pretty serious crime, but most people would argue it's not bad enough to deserve being burned to death.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Lighting flashes when he's really angry.
  • Fiery Redhead: What little hair he has is red and he can be pretty angry at times.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: Throughout the movie, he's far more concerned with covering up his bald spot than the fact that Plankton has enslaved all of Bikini Bottom.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's so easy for him to get mad. If he's already angry, then whatever slight comes next will certainly exacerbate the extent of his rage.
  • Insistent Terminology: He insists his bald head is "thinning!"
  • Jerkass: One of the biggest jerks in the entire series due to his tyrannical nature,his obsession of harsh punishments and constant executions of several people and the fact that he almost killed a innocent crustacean(Mr.Krabs) to death for stealing his crown. What makes him even more of one is that his loud voice would violently boom everytime he yells or lightning would strike when he’s really angry.
  • Jerkass Gods: More so than his series counterpart — he was going to imprison someone who touched his crown for 20 years. The kicker? Said person was the royal crown polisher. Also, according to Mindy, he can barely go one day without trying to execute someone.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He finally becomes this at the end of the movie, when he believes that Mindy was right, King Neptune gets An Aesop on how important it is to have love and compassion when you're in a position of leadership. He also apologizes to Mr. Krabs for freezing him and praises SpongeBob.
  • Kill It with Fire: Probably his favorite method of solving things is to shoot fire at it from his trident.
  • Large and in Charge: Towers over just about everyone and he is the king of the sea.
  • Large Ham: Quite possibly the greatest example in the entire series, every line he has sounds inherently louder than all the other characters in the movie, even when he's not shouting/screaming.
  • No Indoor Voice: Except, when he’s not angry, his voice echoes at the end of his sentences when he speaks in his usual vengeful tone of voice when he’s really mad, especially in the scene when he’s about to execute Krabs to Plankton’s joy before SpongeBob and Patrick arrived with his crown.
  • Precision F-Strike: The only character in the movie to use a swear word: damning.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: His trident obviously, being another incarnation of the sea god. He can fire a variety of beams from it such as a fire beam, an ice beam, and a Shapeshifting beam (which he accidentally uses to turn Mr. Krabs into a human at the end of the movie). In The Sponge Bob Movie Game, he can also fire an additional electrical beam that covers a wide area, and he can wield his trident like a Sniper Rifle to fire a laser shot.
  • Redhead In Green: He has red hair (what's left of it) and green skin.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He finally realizes the error of his harsh ways at the end of the movie when he goes too far with his harsh punishments by nearly killing Mr.Krabs, who was falsely innocent, believing Mindy was right,after SpongeBoband Patrick return with his crown and his success of saving everyone,including Neptune after being brainwashed by Plankton leads to him finally gaining Mindy's respect about learning to be a more kind and compassionate ruler.


Voiced by: Alec Baldwin (Movie), Fred Tatasciore (Video Game)

A hitman hired by Plankton to make sure that SpongeBob and Patrick never make it to Shell City. He is a living example of the movie's Darker and Edgier tone.

  • Always a Bigger Fish: Gets stomped on by the Cyclops when he, too, himself was about to stomp on SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Asshole Victim: Gets knocked off David Hasselhoff's back by a catamaran just when he's about to stomp on SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Ax-Crazy: He gleefully admits that he loves his job - which involves killing people.
  • Badass Biker: He drives a chopper.
  • Badass Boast: "Come on, kid, give it up. Dennis always gets his man!"
  • Badass Mustache: He has the ability to grow a mustache on command.
  • Berserk Button: Do not tell him what to do. Victor learned this the hard way after Dennis punched him so hard his boots flew off his feet and he crashed through the roof of the Thug Tug after Victor dared to test Dennis's patience.
  • Cool Bike: He drives an impressive chopper.
  • Cool Hat: He wears a black cowboy hat.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily punches the toughest looking guy in the Bad-Guy Bar to his death.
  • Dark Is Evil: Most of his clothes are black, he has a skull buckle, and he's a hitman who loves killing people.
  • Death Glare: His main facial expression is a menacing scowl.
  • Determinator: Even after getting squished by the Cyclops, he still follows after the sponge and sea star he was assigned to assassinate.
  • The Dragon: To Plankton, since Plankton hires him to stop SpongeBob and Patrick from ruining his scheme.
  • Evil Feels Good: It's clear that he enjoys being a hitman.
    Dennis: I LOVE THIS JOB!
  • Evil Is Bigger: While not to the extent of the ginormous Cyclops, he still towers over just about every good character who isn't King Neptune and can easily squish both SpongeBob and Patrick at the same time with one foot.
  • Evil Laugh: He has two instances of laughing evilly. One when he is alone driving his way to kill our heroes, and the second one comes as he is about to step on the main duo.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He's a hitman hired by Plankton to do away with SpongeBob and Patrick and he has a deep voice.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He ends up bantering with SpongeBob and Patrick for a bit before trying to murder them.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: When Plankton mentions that he's a vicious killer and we first see his name, it doesn't look like he'd be threatening. Then he gets dangerous.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has an easy-to-miss scar on the side of his cheek.
  • Green and Mean: He is a green-skinned hitman.
  • Guttural Growler: His voice is deep and snarly.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He has a leather vest.
  • Karmic Death: He ends up killed by a passing boat while trying to kill SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: When he kills Victor, the leader of the Thug Tug who specializes in mercilessly beating up people who blow bubbles.
  • Knife Nut: Wears a knife around his neck as a necklace and uses it once to try and stab SpongeBob.
  • Knight of Cerebus: When he appears the first time, you know that the movie will be Darker and Edgier.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: He wears a red cloth mask over his nose and mouth, and combines it with Sinister Shades.
  • The Noseless: Has no nose, yet he can still grow a Badass Mustache on the spot.
  • Not So Stoic: Does an Evil Laugh during his first meeting with SpongeBob and Patrick after spending most of his scenes before being almost completely quiet. During his second meeting with them, he loses all stoicism and has a brief Villainous Breakdown.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Cyclops stepping on him does not kill him, as he returns riding on "bigger boot". However, he's not seen again after colliding with a catamaran and falling off David Hasselhoff's back.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: He is somehow able to get from one of David Hasselhoff's legs to the other in no time after SpongeBob made a dramatic jump to the other leg.
  • Professional Killer: He is, after all, a hitman.
  • Psycho for Hire: Before he tries to kill SpongeBob and Patrick, he lets out an Evil Laugh and gleefully cheers he loves his job.
  • Sadist: He seems to take great pride in finishing out his assassinations.
  • Saying Too Much: Lampshaded when he accidentally slips that Plankton stole Neptune's crown. Subverted because Mindy had already told SpongeBob and Patrick that Plankton had become the Evil Overlord of Bikini Bottom. The only thing they didn't know was that Plankton hired Dennis to not only kill them, but to dispense some Laser-Guided Karma by stepping on them, which regularly happens to Plankton.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: He, among other things, deduces SpongeBob and Patrick were at the Thug Tug from nothing more than a small puddle of bubble fluid.
  • See You in Hell: "See you later, fools!" However it is hard to tell whether he means to subtly imply that he'll meet them again in Hell or he is just being sarcastic as he is about to kill our heroes.
  • Sinister Shades: When he is first introduced, he inspects a sesame seed by taking off his shades only to reveal another pair underneath.
  • Slasher Smile: He has a nightmarish grin throughout his second fight with the main duo.
  • The Sociopath: As befitting of a Professional Killer, he doesn't care at all about the lives he has to take.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: He can grow a mustache on the spot. Doesn't get any overbearingly masculine than that.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Dennis isn't exactly the first name to come to mind when you see an insane and merciless hitman.
  • Tranquil Fury: Comes off as calm and collected in spite of his desperation to kill SpongeBob and Patrick, at least until his second meeting with the main duo.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The hillbilly brothers, bar thugs, and SpongeBob and Patrick should have known better than to mess with this guy.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He's one of the only villains concerned with actually offing a character, and he comes pretty close.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He is pretty calm and levelheaded until SpongeBob accidentally blows bubbles into his eyes, almost blinding him. After this moment, he starts yelling and decides right then and there that he will kill the main duo without hesitation.
  • You Got Guts: "You got guts, kid. Too bad I'm gonna rip 'em out of ya."
  • You Won't Feel a Thing: Subverted.
    Dennis: Don't worry, this will only hurt a lot!



A friendly mermaid who does her best to assist SpongeBob and Patrick in their quest to Shell City. She disproves of her father's method of ruling with an iron fist, and wishes he would use a little love and compassion. She is also the target of Patrick's affections.

    The Cyclops 

The Cyclops
Voiced by: Neil Ross (Uncredited as the Live Action Role)

The guardian of Shell City, who is actually a man in a diver suit that he never takes off.

  • Always a Bigger Fish: Stomps Dennis when he is first introduced.
  • Cyclops: He's called the Cyclops because his diving helmet invokes the appearance of a one-eyed giant.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He has a moment of this when he hums quite cheerfully, right as he makes a diorama of a clam that he captured and killed.
  • The Dreaded: The Cyclops is feared by all inhabitants from the sea, with Mindy specifically warning SpongeBob and Patrick to avoid the Cyclops at all costs. It is possible that King Neptune fears the Cyclops as well, considering his reaction of despair when he finds out his crown is in the forbidden Shell City, which is guarded by the Cyclops.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Played with. While he's clearly just a regular dude wearing a diving suit who loves his job just a tad bit too much, SpongeBob, Patrick, Mindy and even King Neptune see him as an incomprehensible monster who finds great joy in murdering fish.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He is the biggest villain in the movie and is only matched by David Hasselhoff in sheer size since they are both humans.
  • Evil Laugh: Of the "Big Scary Monster" variety of villainous laughter.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He is an antagonist and he has the deepest voice in the movie.
  • The Faceless: His helmet doesn't show any facial features.
  • Foil: To Plankton. They both share similar traits, such as being evil, having one eye, and running their respective establishment. The differences being that Plankton is the smallest villain that often gets stepped on by nearly everyone under the sea, while the Cyclops is the largest villain in the movie that can easily step on any sea creature seen so far.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: His only role in Plankton's scheme is owning the gift shop that buys King Neptune's crown, and yet he's technically far worse than Plankton.
  • Hero Killer: He actually kills SpongeBob and Patrick. They do get better...
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Cyclops uses glue and googly eyes to make his knick-knacks. One of the sea creatures later uses these to take down the Cyclops.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: To the audience, he's just a guy in an old-fashioned diving suit. To the characters, he's a colossal, incomprehensible monster defined by his unnaturalness and willingness to kill sea creatures. However, since SpongeBob and Patrick show no fear to David Hasselhoff, they might not recognize the Cyclops as human given his preference to not take off his suit.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He only appears for a few minutes, but those minutes are probably the darkest minutes in the whole movie, maybe even the series.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He ends up being attacked by the sea creatures he turned into marine gifts and sundries.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Downplayed. He came extremely close to killing our two heroes, but if the Cyclops never found and captured them, they would have never been able to find Shell City and retrieve the crown in time before the deadline.
  • Obliviously Evil: Subverted trope. Whether he knows the sea creatures he's killing are sentient or not, he's obviously enjoying what he does in a weirdly sadistic way.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has a displeased reaction when all the sea creatures he killed come back to life.
    "Uh oh."
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The Cyclops is just some guy dressed up in a divers suit who goes out and fishes out for sea creatures to dry and sell as "smelly knicknacks." Although he seems to enjoy capturing and murdering sentient sea creatures a little too much, he does seem to be a normal guy off the job as seen when he goes to the bathroom while humming and carrying a book to read along with him. So he is a very dark example of one.
  • Sickly Green Glow: All we see through the window of his helmet is a green light, which makes him all the scarier and less human.
  • Vader Breath: Sounds of breathing from the suit can be heard underwater, and sounds much louder when on land.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Remember how Dennis came close to killing SpongeBob and Patrick? This guy actually succeeds. Sure, they get better, but even so...
  • Villainous Rescue: He stops Dennis from crushing SpongeBob and Patrick, before taking them to his lair.

    David Hasselhoff 

David Hasselhoff
Played by: David Hasselhoff

  • Amusing Injuries: He gets burned by fire from King Neptune's trident shortly after sending SpongeBob and Patrick to the Krusty Krab. All that happens to him is that he gets covered in ash and says "Ow".
  • As Himself: One of history's most delightfully inexplicable examples of celebrities playing themselves.
  • Celebrity Power: Has a mysterious set of superpowers which can't really be explained by anything other than, he's David Hasselhoff.
  • Good Counterpart: To the Cyclops. Just as vast and incomprehensible, he aids the heroes for reasons unknown.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: Averted. He is portrayed in a friendly and awesome way compared to the dark and incomprehensible Cyclops. SpongeBob and Patrick show no fear towards him. In fact, it could be that the sea creatures don't see humans as eldritch abominations, but think the Cyclops is one since he's creepy and doesn't take off the suit to indicate that he's human.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: SpongeBob and Patrick have no way back to Bikini Bottom, when all of a sudden David Hasselhoff comes out of nowhere, offers to take them there, cruises to the center of the Pacific Ocean as if he's a speedboat, and rockets them to Bikini Bottom through some sort of mechanized device in his pecs. None of this is ever explained.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": SpongeBob calls him "the Hasselhoff" at one point.

    King Neptune's Squire 

King Neptune's Squire

Voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui

King Neptune's Squire, who accompanies Neptune pretty much wherever he goes, and must obey his every command.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

    Burger-Beard the Pirate 

Played by: Antonio Banderas

The main antagonist of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, a pirate who seeks the Krabby Patty secret formula.

  • Badass Normal: Manages to put up a winning battle against SpongeBob and his friends after they gain superpowers while being just an ordinary human.
  • Big Bad: He is the main villain of the second movie.
  • Canon Character All Along: Implied. It's revealed with the paint-over before the rap battle started that he is or the model used for Painty the Pirate, the intro singer.
  • Captain Colorbeard: A pirate named Burger-Beard.
  • Cool Loser: In spite of the fact that he's pretty much an outcast that was clearly Born in the Wrong Century, Burger-Beard owns an awesome-looking pirate ship, which is pimped-out with wheels and a ton of cannons on it.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Played With. The first thing he does once he gets the magical book is steal the Krabby Patty recipe so he can make money off of it rather than just make himself rich. Possibly justified by the fact that it is implied that the book is limited to influencing what has already been written in it, meaning Burger-Beard can't do anything directly for himself with it.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Burger-Beard was not expecting a magic dolphin to give SpongeBob the power to breathe air.
  • Evil Is Hammy: You can clearly tell Antonio Banderas was having one heck of a great time.
  • Graceful Loser: In the end, he takes his defeat in stride.
  • Hidden Villain: This is actually supposed to be a twist in the movie. Burger-Beard is initially presented as part of the Framing Device, narrating the story. It's only near the end of the movie when it's revealed he stole the Krabby Patty secret formula off-screen.
  • Pet the Dog: Sings the SpongeBob theme song with the seagulls at the end of the movie.
  • A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: The live-action parts of the movie are set in a modern, United States coastal town, and he clearly doesn't belong. In fact, his pirate ship has wheels on it. And an "Auto-Pirate".

    Bubbles the Dolphin 

Bubbles the Dolphin
Voiced by: Matt Berry, Jeff Bennett (SpongeBob HeroPants video game)

  • And I Must Scream: He reveals that he hated his job as The Watcher for this reason, as he had been bound by duty to watch the cosmos for eons.
  • Bald of Awesome: When we first see him it is from the back giving him the appearance of a bald man. Being a dolphin, this applies anyways.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: His name is rather silly and while he doesn't look terrifying he has immense powers and can shoot lasers from his blowhole.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Goes from trying to kill SpongeBob to helping him.
  • Heroic Dolphin: Gives the main characters the ability to breathe air.
  • Hollywood Tourette's/Furry Reminder: Constantly and involuntarily makes dolphin whistling noises.
  • Immune to Fate: When SpongeBob tells Burger-Beard that a magical talking dolphin helped him breathe air, Burger-Beard claims that a magical talking dolphin wasn't in his story. The implication is that Bubbles doesn't appear in Burger-Beard's magic book, which records - and can rewrite - reality.
  • Large Ham: He's played by Matt Berry. Of course he'll be hammy.
  • Outside-Context Problem: To Burger-Beard, who was not expecting a magic dolphin to give SpongeBob the power to breathe air, or even for said magic dolphin to even exist.
  • Space Whale: Arguably. He can travel through space.
  • Stop Motion: He's animated using stop motion animation.
  • Toilet Paper Trail: Has toilet paper stuck to his foot after he leaves the restroom.
  • The Watcher: He's a parody of Uatu from Marvel Comics. However he loses this job.

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