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Squidward Q. Tentacles

English voice: Rodger Bumpass
Japanese voice: Rokuro Naya (Seasons 1-8, until his death in 2014), Yoji Ueda (second movie-present)
Latin American Spanish voice: Renzo Jiménez
German voice: Eberhard Prüter (1-189), Tobias Lelle (Sponge Out Of Water), Joachim Kaps (190-present)

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Debut: "Help Wanted"

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"How did I ever get surrounded by such loser neighbors?"

A cranky perfectionist octopus who despises SpongeBob and Patrick for their annoyingly cheerful attitudes and stupidity. He is SpongeBob's next-door neighbor and works as a cashier at the Krusty Krab. His hobbies include playing the clarinet and painting self-portraits.

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     A-D 
  • Abusive Parents: Or rather Abusive Grandparents. In "Chum Fricassee", after finding out he's been using her chum recipe, his grandmother attacks him by hitting his foot with her walker frequently.
  • Accidental Truth: In "Funny Pants", after getting annoyed by SpongeBob's non-stop laughing to a joke, Squidward tells him that if he doesn't give it a break, he'll blow out his "laugh box" and never be able to laugh again. In the end, he reveals the trick to SpongeBob and laughs over it, finding out the hard way that laugh boxes are real.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Hated, avoided, mistreated, and sometimes even assaulted by people in Bikini Bottom, sometimes for no reason.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Double Subverted, some squids and octopi look blue, but it's often because of water tint. Subverted in "Reef Blower", where he turns purple above (well, without) water. Double subverted for the other times he's been above water.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Squidward is a depressed, narcissistic Attention Whore who Can't Take Criticism, has frequent mood swings, and such a deranged mindset that he'll go as far as to plot many schemes to get SpongeBob and Patrick killed.
  • Animals Hate Him: At times. SpongeBob even implies in "The Thing" that Gary actually attacks him. In "The Camping Episode", he's repeatedly and savagely attacked by a sea bear. The first few times he'd done inadvertently to set it off, but the last time SpongeBob, who is quite knowledgeable about them, states he doesn't know why it attacked him. He claims that the sea bear might just not like him, to which Patrick suggests he be somebody else.
  • Annoying Laugh: A very honky-sounding one due to his nose.
  • Anti-Hero: At best. He's rather cranky, sarcastic, and hates most people around him, but his Pet the Dog moments show that he's a good person deep down.
  • Anti-Villain: Depending on the Writer. Sometimes he's supposed to be an antagonist just because he hates the main character, even if it's SpongeBob who keeps bothering him all the time (unintentionally).
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "Giant Squidward", Squidward is enlarged in height as a result of SpongeBob and Patrick's overuse of a growth spray, eventually leading him to reluctantly become a helpful Gentle Giant to the rest of the town before getting fed up with their exploitation.
  • Attention Whore: When he's not keeping himself to himself, he's going around demanding people's attention by displaying interpretive dancing or playing his clarinet really loudly.
  • Asshole Victim: Depending on the Writer - as sometimes he's a miserable Cosmic Plaything who's just minding his own business - if Squidward meets his own end or suffers a horrific punishment, he usually deserves it for being an unreasonable dick to everyone. His status as this trope reaches an all-time high at the end of "Sportz?", where he is cooked into calamari for trying to kill SpongeBob and Patrick with an injury-filled sports game he made up.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Played With in "Little Yellow Book"; he does face the punishment of having tomatoes thrown at him by the townspeople while being held captive by the law enforcement, but he doesn't care because he thought it was totally Worth It reading SpongeBob's personal diary and making him cry.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: According to SpongeBob and Patrick (in the comic "Dear Diary" in Patrick's case), he has an appealing design.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He acts protective toward SpongeBob occasionally, in episodes like "Dying for Pie" and "Christmas Who?"
    • A more subtle example: in "Graveyard Shift", when it appears that he and SpongeBob are about to be murdered by the "Hash-Slinging Slasher", Squidward's first instinct is to pick up SpongeBob and hug him close, as if making some futile attempt to protect him.
    • A really twisted example from the episode "Hooky". He schemes with Mr Krabs to humiliate SpongeBob into never going near the hooks again. Harsh? Yes. Possibly life-saving? Also yes.
    • In "Pizza Delivery", he violently KO's a customer with a pizza because said customer made SpongeBob cry.
    • An often overlooked example in the episode above, he unhesitatingly saves SpongeBob from getting hit by a truck.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Thin to Patrick or Mr. Krabs' Big and SpongeBob's Short.
  • Born Unlucky: Nothing ever goes right for him; he is injured, humiliated and/or driven insane almost every episode.
  • Break the Haughty: Often receives comeuppance for being boastful and arrogant. The most subtle example must be the episode "Squidville", in which Squidward tries moving to a town of inhabitants who are just like him...only to end up so bored that he flips out. Naturally, the town haughtily expels him.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy:
    • It is implied that Squidward would have genuine talent if he wasn't completely sapped of any passion. In "A Breath Of Fresh Squidward" an electric shock alters Squidward's brain and makes him as devoted and high spirited an employee as SpongeBob, and actually ruins SpongeBob's Employee of the Month winning streak. Similarly Squidward often goes from a hack to a somewhat plausible musician when in a satisfactory mood.
    • It's shown that he has a decent talent in different art styles, and he could make a name for himself with these if it weren't for the fact that they're all of him. Also there's his Butt-Monkey and Chew Toy status, especially in later episodes.
    • He has unusual skills, like being a surprisingly good construction worker. In one episode he rebuilds SpongeBob's entire house.
  • Brutal Honesty: Squidward is the quickest to tell SpongeBob and Patrick what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear.
  • The Bully: Whenever he's not simply making sarcastic and uncalled-for remarks to SpongeBob, he sometimes goes out of his way to bully him, even when SpongeBob is minding his own business and has done nothing wrong. Special mentions of this attitude go to "Fools in April", "Grandma's Kisses", "Christmas Who?", "Little Yellow Book", and "Sportz?"
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • In "The Camping Episode", Squidward does all the things that SpongeBob and Patrick told him not to do to attract a sea bear. The sea bear arrives. It does not end well for Squidward.
    • In "Big Sister Sam," he repeatedly insults and provokes Sam, Patrick's brutish older sister who also happens to possess a Hair-Trigger Temper and the strength to dismantle both Squidward and SpongeBob's houses by herself. Considering all that and Squidward's own Butt-Monkey status, it ends about as well as you'd expect.
  • Burger Fool: You can literally see his dreams of being an artist die in his eyes in each episode where he's at the Krusty Krab.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is almost always on the butt end of the Amusing Injuries stick.
  • Byronic Hero: Squidward is a melancholic loser who suffered a miserable childhood and is incredibly self-absorbed. This alone cements him as a sympathetic character.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: He can tell a joke, but his monotonous deadpan tone makes it not really work.
  • Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: In "Squidville", towards SpongeBob and Patrick. He initially moves out of town into an all-octopi gated community, but after realizing how tiresome his repetitive routine is getting, ultimately decided that living next door to his moronic neighbors was better.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I can't believe I'm saying this/never thought I'd say this, but..."
    • "Oh puh-lease!"
    • "Whatever."
    • His little tune of "La da dee, la da do, la da dum" in the post-movie seasons, typically performed when he takes a shower.
  • The Chew Toy: His abuse is usually Played for Laughs.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To SpongeBob and Patrick. He'll zip their ignorant mouths shut before they can speak.
  • The Comically Serious: Having a rather serious person in the wonderfully wacky world of this show can be funny.
  • Comic Trio: The Only Sane Man to SpongeBob's The Leader and Patrick's The Fool.
  • Companion Cube: His clarinet, especially in early episodes. He named it "Clarry," and even sleeps with it in his bed.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The whole universe seems to be against Squidward, as there are many episodes dedicated to making him suffer in various ways.
  • Cranky Neighbor: Justified, living next-door to a guy who won't leave you alone can drive a man to becoming grouchy, irritable, and having nothing but contempt for your neighbor.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's prone to being scathingly sarcastic, mostly towards SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • He can very between being a sympathetic Chew Toy to an outright Jerkass, the latter being his prominent characterization in the pre-movie seasons.
    • His skills as a musician also vary. At times, he's actually quite good at playing the clarinet, while at others, his music is so horrible that it's been compared to a dying animal.
    • His feelings toward SpongeBob and Patrick. Depending on the episode, he can be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who actually cares about them deep down, or a sadistic Jerk with a Heart of Jerk who thrives on any pain and embarrassment they suffer, sometimes to the point of actually wanting them dead.
    • In some episodes, he's depicted as a Starving Artist who can barely make ends meet. In others, he's depicted as more well-off than SpongeBob (and far more than Patrick), owning an expensive purebred snail and subscribing to "Fancy Living Digest".
  • Deuteragonist: Since he's SpongeBob's main foil on the show, he tends to have more plots devoted his own perspective and thoughts.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • In "Good Neighbors", Squidward, after putting up with SpongeBob and Patrick's stupidity and antics for most of the episode when he just wants to enjoy his Sunday, installs a security system to keep them out for good, only for Sponge and Pat to just walk in right after he installs it in an attempt to give him an apology cake; Squidward failed to consider that just because he considers SpongeBob and Patrick a threat doesn't mean the security system would as well.
    • In "House Fancy", he, in a fit of jealousy after seeing Squilliam's house on the titular Show Within a Show, calls the host of the show to declare that his own house is even fancier. Cue Oh, Crap! when said host decides that he'd like to see Squidward's house for himself.
  • Dirty Coward: When things are looking bad, he'll just run away. Though, it's hard not to sympathize with how messed up the world around him is.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father seems to have passed away, as his mother lives alone and he mentions that his father loved him very much.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He is the instigator of this trope more than he is the victim:
    • In "Fools in April", he gets irritated with SpongeBob pulling April Fools pranks on people and pulls one of his own on him. Of course, SpongeBob's pranks were playful and completely harmless, like putting one ice cube in a customer's drink when said customer asked for a couple, while Squidward's prank was physically painful and just plain cruel. He realizes this only after the damage is done.
  • The Dog Bites Back: His Once a Season moment where he doesn't end up maimed, in legal trouble or driven insane often involves getting back at SpongeBob and/or Patrick for bothering him. One example is in Krusty Towers when after Mr. Krabs turns the restaurant into a luxury hotel, he forces Squidward to cater to Patrick's every whim, citing the "We shall never deny a guest even the most ridiculous request" policy. Squidward then quits his job, checks in as a guest, and milks Mr. Krabs' policy for all its worth.
    • In "Rule of Dumb," when all of Bikini Bottom willing hands over their stuff to "king" Patrick simply because he and and SpongeBob said so, it's Squidward, who just had his house demolished to make way for a Ferris Wheel, who makes everyone realize that Patrick has no real claim to power, and has no right to boss them around and force them to hand over their stuff to him. When SpongeBob tries to convince Squidward to sign a treaty pledging loyalty to Patrick, Squidward responds by shoving it into one of SpongeBob's face crater.
    • In "Gullible Pants," Mr. Krabs leaves SpongeBob in charge as acting manager, and tries to boss Squidward around. Squidward responds by telling SpongeBob a bunch of Krusty Krab "secrets," and makes SpongeBob do all the dirty work. The episode ends with Mr. Krabs washing dishes, a random costumer frying the Krabby patties, SpongeBob holding a bunch of costumers hostage with his "dance moves," and Squidward napping the day away.
    • The entire plot of "Little Yellow Book," which involves Squidward reading SpongeBob's diary to everyone in Bikini Bottom, was for Squidward to get back at SpongeBob for all the hell he put him through over the past nine seasons. Of course, since SpongeBob had done nothing to hurt him in that particular episode, it does nothing but make Squidward look bad.
  • Dreadful Musician: Squidward loves his clarinet. But it doesn't seem to love him. Although in some episodes, he's decent, even actually pretty good. It seems to depend on his mood, with his skill increasing the better he's feeling (compare his playing in after blowing a bubble SpongeBob states he couldn't do and after said bubble engulfs his house, lifts it high into the air, and drops it in "Bubblestand").
  • Dub Name Change: In a lot of the foreign dubs of the show:
    • Called "Ikardo Tentacles" in Japanese, with "ika" being the Japanese for "squid".
    • The German dub calls him "Thaddäus Tentakel". His friends call him "Thaddel".
    • In Brazil he is called "Lula Molusco".
    • In Spain and Latin América he is called "Calamardo Tentáculos".
    • In Finland he's called "Jalmari Kalmari". His nickname is "Jammu".
    • In Italy he is only known as "Squiddi Tentacolo".
    • In France he is called "Carlo Tentacule".
    • In Estonia he is called "Kalmer".
    • In Sweden he is called "Bläckvard Tentakel".
    • In Czech Republic, he is called "Sépiak Chobotnice", through the magazine calls him "Tadeáš".

     E-J 
  • Giftedly Bad: While he can play the clarinet, or at least it's implied, stress and loss of passion make him terrible at it.
  • Green and Mean: Downplayed on both the "green" and "mean" part since his skin is somewhere in-between the aquamarine and teal range, and his meanness is more out of irritation rather than villainy, though he still have his moments on the latter on more than a few occasions.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He gets jealous whenever someone else that has artistic talent shows up, especially Squilliam.
  • Grumpy Bear: He doesn't provide the page image for nothing. He's near-perpetually grumpy mostly because of his annoying neighbors.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Early on, Squidward would be upset by SpongeBob and Patrick playing dumb games with each other. Downplayed later, then brought back again, even worse than before.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Only wears a shirt and no pants.
  • Hate at First Sight: To Gary since their introduction towards each other in the episode "I Was A Teenage Gary", due to their respective reactions with negative response. Doesn’t help that Sqiudward’s allergic to snails and his animosity with Gary is ongoing.
  • Hates Being Touched: Sadly for him and his aversion toward physical contact, SpongeBob loves cuddling.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Squidward has admitted on a few occasions that he hates everyone in Bikini Bottom ("Karate Choppers", "No Hat For Pat", and "SpongeBob's Place"). This stems from the fact that he constantly has to deal with the annoying antics of his neighbors SpongeBob and Patrick, works at a low minimum wage job where his boss is a cheapskate, and is on the receiving end of torment in many, many episodes.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Subverted. SpongeBob believes that they're really close friends. To his credit, Squidward occasionally almost reciprocates.
  • Hidden Depths: While he often fails at what he tries as the show's Butt-Monkey, on several occasions he displays amazing talent and ability when he puts his mind into it. For example, building SpongeBob a new house in mere seconds in one episode shows he has extraordinary potential when he puts his mind to it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Whenever he gets annoyed with Spongebob, and Patrick if he's around, he'll come up with a Zany Scheme to make them be quiet and leave him alone, only for Spongebob, and Patrick, to find some sort of loophole, and end up annoying Squidward even more.
    • In "Naughty Nautical Neighbors," Squidward deliberately ruins Spongebob and Patrick's friendships. It backfires, and both of them try so hard to be friends with Squidward. Squidward then tries to get them back together.
    • In "Restraining Spongebob," after Spongebob finally sends Squidward "up the wall" Squidward gets a restraining order on Spongebob. However, Squidward's insistence on ignoring Spongebob and doing the least amount of work possible until he goes home, leads to Spongebob to bringing in Patrick to relay the food orders, and Squidward ultimately finds Patrick even more annoying than Spongebob.
  • Hollywood Atheist: "Just One Bite" implies that Squidward is either an atheist or a Nay-Theist, with him remarking to SpongeBob that he "Has no soul" (a hellish background and laugh pops up behind him when he says that, and he notices, so make of that what you will).
  • Human Popsicle: During the events of "SB-129", Squidward is locked in the freezer. He thinks someone will notice he's gone and get him out. They do not after 2,000 years, where Squidward travels back to his normal time. So technically, he's over 2,000 years old.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He finds it insufferable to put up with someone as assholish as himself, like his boss.
  • Informed Species: Word of God is he's an octopus. This is confirmed in countless episodes, mostly post-movie ones. The most notable example is "The Play's the Thing" where Squidward introduces himself as an octopus during his life story.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Thankfully, like SpongeBob, he's pretty much near indestructible. In spite of being exploded, run over, hit with doors, having his toenail ripped off and being gored multiple times, he's still alive and in one piece.
  • It's All About Me: It depends on the episode, but Squidward is more often than not a selfish jerk who only helps others when there's something in it for him. Best shown in "Culture Shock," where he makes almost no effort to hide that the talent show he's organized is more for his own gain than for the Krusty Krab, and presents his own act with a ton of fanfare.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • His overall view of his life is somewhat justified. He works a low-paying minimum wage job, he is constantly a victim of bad luck, SpongeBob and Patrick bother him endlessly, and his rival Squilliam constantly rubs his rich lifestyle in Squidward's face.
    • In the post-movie seasons, Squidward's hatred of SpongeBob and Patrick has become far more justified, considering the fact that the two often barge into his home uninvited, and their antics often cause him physical injury. In "Boating Buddies," when Squidward declares SpongeBob the "bane of his existence."
    • His attitude towards working at the Krusty Krab is much more realistic than SpongeBob's, since Mr. Krabs is a Bad Boss who regularly underpays and mistreats them.
  • Jerkass to One: While Squidward is generally a snide, rude asshole to everyone around him, and has personally admitted to hating everyone in Bikini Bottom on more than one occasion, he's much ruder and meaner to SpongeBob than he is to anyone else. To be fair, much of Squidward's attitude toward SpongeBob is justified, since SpongeBob constantly harasses him and his antics often ruin Squidward's day.
  • Jerkass Realization: There are many episodes where Squidward realizes the error in his ways and tries to make up for being so mean to SpongeBob. "Fools in April" and "Dying for Pie" come to mind.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There are times, however, that Squidward shows compassion for other characters. Despite his negative aspects, he can be courteous towards other characters just as long as they don't bother him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Shows this side of himself from time to time. For example, in "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?", he's the only member of the group who's genuinely happy that SpongeBob has run away from Bikini Bottom, to the extent that he deliberately sabotages the others' search efforts; the only reason he agrees to help is because Mr. Krabs bribed him with a fancy egg he needed to complete his collection.
    Squidward: (sadly) If I knew that was the last time I'd see SpongeBob... (happily) I would have slammed the door in his face even harder!
  • "Just Joking" Justification: In "Fools in April," Squidward gets annoyed with SpongeBob pulling harmless April Fool's pranks on people, and decides to show him what a "real prank" is all about by setting up a Rube Goldberg Device that injures and humiliates him, laughing hysterically all the while... until the results drive SpongeBob out of the Krusty Krab in tears, leading to the on-lookers storming out of the restaurant in disgust at Squidward's cruelty. Squidward insists he was just kidding and it was just a joke, but no one is convinced, and Squidward himself soon realizes the difference between his pranks and SpongeBob's: SpongeBob's pranks were harmless and meant to make people laugh, while Squidward's was cruel and meant to hurt SpongeBob.
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     K-P 
  • Karma Houdini: While Squidward gets some well deserved Laser-Guided Karma for his jerkassery, there are times when he gets away with being an asshole with no provocation whatsoever. Good examples of this are the episodes "Grandma's Kisses" and "Can You Spare A Dime?"
  • Kick the Dog: As shown below, he loves doing this to Spongebob, especially in the early seasons.
  • Lack of Empathy: Taken Up to Eleven in "Little Yellow Book" and even before that, Squidward rarely helps anyone without some selfish reason behind it or when his self-preservation kicks in. As mentioned above, he was the only character who never felt remorse for making SpongeBob run away.
  • The Lancer: To Mr. Krabs in the earlier seasons, though it didn't save him from old man Krabs' schemes to get money. Case in point, he's appointed manager of the Krusty Krab 2 in the movie, and left in charge a few times while Mr. Krabs is away or in the hospital (or in one case dead). Occasionally plays SpongeBob's nay-saying foil when tagging along on adventures.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • His horrific luck was initially presented as this to his jerkass attitude. As the show evolved however, his Butt-Monkey role became less provoked and leaned more into Comedic Sociopathy territory.
    • During his more Jerkass moments in post-movie seasons, he gets hit with this at times. Best shown in "I Heart Dancing"; SpongeBob has been chosen to audition for a role in a dance number, but Squidward, jealous of him, decides to "teach" SpongeBob various dances in an effort to overwork him so he can't go to the audition. In the end, SpongeBob is too tired to go and Squidward auditions instead and gets the part... only to find out he is to star in a musical run by his rival Squilliam. Squidward is subsequently forced to train to perform a dance that SpongeBob had performed earlier, with Squilliam clearly planning to run him ragged just as Squidward had done to SpongeBob/
  • Lazy Bum: He's a sloppy employee at the Krusty Krab, either reading magazines (even in front of waiting customers) or sleeping on the job. It's to the extent that in "Bubble Buddy," he only wanted to pop Bubble Buddy because he "made [him] provide excellent service."
  • Lean and Mean: Sometimes. He's very skinny and often unpleasant.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • The Krabby Patty he made in "The Algae is Always Greener" deserves special mention.
    • And this priceless little snippet:
    Customer #1: You call this food!? My sandwich tastes like a fried boot!
    Customer #2: My sandwich is a fried boot!
    • This:
    Customer #1: He burnt my Krabby Patty.
    Customer #2: He burnt my fries!
    Customer #3: He burnt my shake.
  • Magma Man: As Captain Magma in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V", he has lava powers.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: "I Heart Dancing" combines this with Karmic Twist Ending. SpongeBob has been chosen to audition for a role in a dance number, but Squidward, jealous of him, decides to "teach" SpongeBob various dances in an effort to overwork him so he can't go to the audition and eventually works him like a dog. In the end, SpongeBob is too tired to go and Squidward auditions instead and gets the part. However, it turns out that the number Squidward's going to be dancing in is Squilliam's, who proceeds to work Squidward like a dog much like Squidward worked SpongeBob like one.
  • Naked People Are Funny: He is occasionally seen naked for the sake of a joke, like when he tears off his Kuddly Krab uniform in defiance only for an cop to promptly write him a ticket in "Bossy Boots" or when he runs out of his house nude over paranoia of SpongeBob wrecking the Krusty Krab in his absence in "Squid's Day Off".
  • Narcissist: Just about all of his artwork is self-portraits.
  • Never My Fault: In earlier episodes, he tended to blame misfortunes that were his own doing on others, though now it really has become not his fault.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: In earlier seasons, Squidward was clearly meant to be the mean one in comparison to SpongeBob and Patrick, rejecting their friendly overtures and sometimes even trying to drive them apart.
  • Non-Action Guy: Never shown doing the cartoonish feats of athleticism the rest of the cast are and generally seems to be pretty unathletic.
  • Non-Indicative Name: He's not a squid, but an octopus.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Many characters are made to look cute, or at least marketable. Squidward is less so.
  • No Respect Guy: "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost" revolves around SpongeBob thinking Squidward has died and is now haunting him. When he arranges a funeral for him, the guests have this to say:
    Mr. Krabs: Oh, Squidward... we all came as soon as we were sure you were dead.
  • Not So Above It All: If Squidward does partake in SpongeBob's tomfoolery, he'll end up taking the games too seriously, ruining them for everyone else.
    • In "The Sewers of Bikini Bottom", he ends up joining SpongeBob in flushing stuff down the toilet and is clearly having fun doing so even though he normally has no patience for the sponge's idiotic antics.
  • One-Track-Minded Artist: All of his paintings, as well as his other art, are focused on himself.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Squidward usually hates SpongeBob with a passion, which is all the more shocking in "Born Again Krabs" when he becomes outright appalled at Mr. Krabs selling SpongeBob's soul for only 62 cents. Squidward himself even says "I can't believe I'm saying this" as he's about to tell off Mr. Krabs.
  • Only Sane Man: He's usually the most reasonable and rational character on the show. This doesn't make him any better, however.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: He is often very quick to jump at the chance for fame and fortune, even when he doesn't deserve it. This is best shown in "Artist Unknown", when he passes SpongeBob's sculpture off as his own, and takes back everything he told SpongeBob regarding how untalented he is in order for him to recreate it after the original breaks.
  • Perpetual Frowner: With how poorly he's treated, it's understandable how rarely he smiles.
  • Pet the Dog: Sometimes shows compassion for others. Interestingly, episodes like this downplay his Butt-Monkey status considerably.
    • "Pizza Delivery" is the most obvious where a fish crushes SpongeBob's spirit for no good reason and Squidward gets ticked off and shoves the pizza down the offender's throat.
    • In "Krab Borg", he slaps and interrogates Mr. Krabs over his and SpongeBob's belief that he's an evil robot. When SpongeBob cries at the sight of Mr. Krabs getting slapped, Squidward actually stops to ask SpongeBob what's wrong and consoles him.
    • When Squidward hears SpongeBob and Patrick realistically pretending to get hurt in "Idiot Box", he's shown to be visibly concerned that the two were harmed for real.
    • He shows remorse for how he treated SpongeBob in "Christmas Who" and "Fools in April".
    • When SpongeBob ends up breaking his thumbs and has trouble flipping patties in "Two Thumbs Down", Squidward actually offers to help him. SpongeBob refuses because he wants to do it himself, but it's still a very sweet thing for Squidward to do.
  • Phrase Catcher: "MR. SQUIDWARD!", said by Mr. Krabs whenever Squid does something wrong.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: While he's serious most of the time, a few episodes such as "Fools in April" have him acting childish, and becoming a dangerous madman in the process.
  • Red Baron: As the Killer Krabby Patty in SpongeBob, You're Fired!

     R-T 
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he gets really angry, his eyes become red.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to SpongeBob's red. He's more serious and logical than the impulsive and emotional SpongeBob.
  • Sadist: Squidward almost always gets his kicks out of the pain, suffering, and embarrassment inflicted upon SpongeBob and Patrick.
    • In "The Camping Episode":
      Squidward: Wouldn't it be great if they got lost in the wood and never came back? (cue thought bubble)
      SpongeBob: (nervously, while walking in the woods with him) Patrick, I'm scared.
    • In "Fools in April" and "Little Yellow Book", his humiliation of SpongeBob gets cranked Up to Eleven. Though, moreso in the latter episode, as shows no remorse for what he did, unlike in the former.
    • It pretty much reaches its epitome in "Sportz?": Squidward is fed up with SpongeBob and Patrick's crap and invents a sports game where the duo are on the receiving end of injuries, but must go by the ritual "No pain, no game", all in an attempt to get them murdered.
  • Sanity Slippage: He has his moments of clearly becoming less sane, such as in the episode "Squid's Day Off" when after one too many trips to the Krusty Krab on his "day off", he slowly becomes insane and locks himself in his house to keep from going back to the Krusty Krab to check up on SpongeBob. He finally snaps when he hallucinates SpongeBob in the drain of his bathtub and runs back to the Krusty Krab to catch up to him while in the nude.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Squidward usually does this because he's asked to do something, oftentimes humiliating, with no compensation:
    • In "Greasy Buffoons," when Mr. Krabs tells Squidward and Spongebob that the grease trap has to be emptied by two employees for no overtime pay, Squidward literally vanishes into thin air.
    • In "Free Samples," to recover the good name of the Krusty Krab, Spongebob comes iup with the idea to put a dancing monkey routine, with him as the music player and Squidward as the monkey. When a small child throws a coin at Squidward's face and demand he dance, Squidward throws the vest and fez parts of his costume, and angrily storms off, when Spongebob tries to stop him from giving up on saving the Krusty Krab, Squidward literally walks over Spongebob, and goes home.
    • In "Move it or Lose it," when the zoning official is about to bulldoze the Krusty Krab (as in, use a bulldozer to move the Krusty Krab one foot back) Mr. Krabs and Spongebob chained themselves in resistance, but Squidward slipped from his chains and is at home sipping tea.
    • In "Krusty Towers" after Mr. Krabs turns the Krusty Krab into a hotel with a "We shall never deny a guest even the most ridiculous request" policy, Krabs forces Squidward to cater to Patrick's every whim, but when the humiliation is too much, Squidward quits in frustration and storms out. He then returns and forces Krabs to wait on him hand and foot citing the hotel's policy.
  • Shaking the Rump: Shakes his bottom on occasions, especially when mocking SpongeBob in "Club SpongeBob".
  • Shrine to Self: Provides the page image. Squidward has a shrine to himself in every room. And he painted or sculpted all of them himself. He's his own favorite, and apparently only, artistic subject. Even when confronted with a perfectly sculpted statue, he says "You got the nose all wrong!" and slaps a clay copy of his nose onto the statue, then proclaims "Now it's art!"
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Just to give you an idea — all of Squidward's art projects are self-portraits. Believes himself to be a wonderful artist when in reality he's not, sometimes. To drive the point home, in "Culture Shock," Squidward sets up a talent show largely for his own gain, presents his own act with a ton of fanfare, and declares it to be the best... but within minutes, the audience is pelting him with tomatoes and booing him off the stage.
    Squidward: You bottom feeders! You don't even know talent!
    Audience: NO TALENT! NO TALENT! NO TALENT!
  • The Snark Knight: Always snarky and always making comments on the screwed up world around him.
  • Sore Loser: Squidward hates losing to anybody, but it's not like he deserves to win anyway.
  • The Soulless: Subverted; He claims he doesn't have a soul. (cue the background of Hell appearing and demonic laughter)
  • The Spock: Much much more so in the later episodes where he seems to be the only person with a level head.
  • Spoiled Brat: In "Can You Spare A Dime?". At first he's grateful for Spongebob taking him in, but after many months, he starts treating Spongebob like a slave while he lays in bed all day.
  • Stepford Snarker: Implied a lot, all he wants is to not be mistreated and get some appreciation for all the work he does, but the world around him keeps messing with him.
  • Straw Loser: Let's face it, it takes one Butt-Monkey to make the likes of SpongeBob and Patrick look like winners.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Downplayed, but he seems to have this attitude towards SpongeBob and sometimes Patrick. Normally, Squidward is nothing but cranky and irritable to the two of them, but sometimes, he shows that he is pretty fond of the two little weirdos.
    • In SB-129, he's positively overjoyed (complete with a MASSIVE grin) to see the both of them after enduring a traumatic journey through a time machine.
    • In "Graveyard Shift," when he thinks that he and SpongeBob will be killed by the Hash-Slinging Slasher, he picks up SpongeBob and hugs him and says completely earnestly, "I've always sort of liked you!"
    • When he believes that SpongeBob's condition is terminal in "Dying for Pie," he outright bursts into tears and sobs into his hands.
  • Super Strength:
    • Shown in "Patty Caper", where he literally lifts and moves his own house. Otherwise he's typically a weakling.
    • Squidward is also strong enough to carry a heavy rock - although with slight difficulty - in "Big Sister Sam" (Season 7).
  • Supreme Chef: Despite being a bad cook regarding fast food, Squidward is quite good at conventional baking, such as casseroles and soufflés.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He's frequently annoyed by the idiocy of SpongeBob, Patrick, and anyone else who isn't acting intelligent. The only characters he doesn't have a problem with are Sandy and Pearl.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity:
  • Temporarily a Villain: While villain may be a strong word to describe him, he played an antagonistic role whenever he falls into the Took a Level in Jerkass territory.
  • This Loser Is You: Probably the most Closer to Earth character in the show, though despite his superior logic and sanity over the rest of the cast, he is often depicted as a Small Name, Big Ego who is talentless and unexceptional in reality.
  • Those Two Guys: Sometimes paired with Mr. Krabs, especially in earlier seasons as they're both adults compared to SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Gets one roughly Once a Season. Either something finally goes right for him, or he at least gets to laugh at karma finally hitting SpongeBob and/or Patrick.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Beat the tar out of a group of greedy fast-food proprietors who were trying to use SpongeBob for slave labor while dressed in a giant Krabby Patty suit. Also functions as a Big Damn Hero moment.
    • Took another one in The Sponge Bob Movie Sponge Out Of Water as Sour Note.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In seasons 1-3, Squidward acts like a jerk towards SpongeBob and Patrick most of the time, but at some points can be shown to actually care about them. In later seasons he takes the first possible opportunity to Kick The Sponge. Not that it's not justified...sometimes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He was ecstatic when he found out Tentacle Acres has Canned Bread.
  • Tsundere: This trope is very zig-zagged as it very much depends on the writer. Some writers portray him as being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold deep down and likes SpongeBob, whilst other writers make him a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk who really wants SpongeBob gone. Most fans like to think the former.

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  • Ultimate Job Security: Squidward may very well be the trope of never being fired regardless of how incompetent and inefficient he is incarnate. He openly despises his job at the Krusty Krab, often belittles and insults the customers to their faces, regularly sleeps on the job or dumps his workload on SpongeBob, and it's even implied from time to time that he's actually trying to get fired... but Krabs never does fire him. In fact, in the episode "SpongeBob, You're Fired," it's stated that the only reason Mr. Krabs is firing SpongeBob instead of Squidward, despite SpongeBob being a much better and more competent employee, is because Squidward has seniority.
  • The Unapologetic: He wasn't sorry for reading SpongeBob's diary in "Little Yellow Book", bringing him to tears. But when was chained in town while the people throw tomatoes at him, he asks SpongeBob to forgive him, at least until he reads his real diary.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: There are some occasions, most notably in the later seasons, where Squidward lashes out on SpongeBob and Patrick even when they're trying to make up for the times their dim-witted antics bothered him.
    • In Squidtastic Voyage, when he eagerly screams at SpongeBob and Patrick to get out his body without even a thank you for getting the reed out of his throat. This results in a Poor Communication Kills in the end, when he yells "Go!", resulting in Patrick pressing the grow button.
    • Also on Good Neighbors, Squidward had set up a security alarm in his house as SpongeBob and Patrick come in without any problem to give him an apology cake and apologize for unknowingly ruining his Sunday. But Squidward tries to get them kicked out instead of accepting their apology.
    • In "Can You Spare a Dime?", while initially thankful of SpongeBob taking him in from homelessness, Squidward becomes an absolute spoiled brat who refuses to leave and makes SpongeBob wait on him hand and foot. And he gets away with it in the end. Almost.
    • The entire episode of "Sponge-Cano" revolves around him admitting that he isn't grateful for anything and complains to everyone that he is the most miserable person in Bikini Bottom. At the end of the episode, SpongeBob saves Squidward from falling down the volcano, only for Squidward to tell him that he outright lied to him about being grateful.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When Squidward gets mad, all HELL breaks loose.
  • Vague Age: He's suggested to be older than SpongeBob, though how much so seems to vary. Sometimes he appears to be around the same age while others present him as a crotchety middle-aged man.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Turns into a non-anthro octopus ("Squid's Day Off") and an amorphous liquid ("Suction Cup Symphony"), both done of his own volition.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Mr. Krabs for his actions in "Born Again Krabs," being utterly disgusted that Krabs sold SpongeBob to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents, after SpongeBob put his life on the line to save Krabs from the Dutchman; he even outright tells Mr. Krabs that he should be ashamed of himself for doing so. Mr. Krabs immediately repents.
  • Wimp Fight: Gets into a wussy fight with Bubble Bass after the latter insults him in "Bulletin Board".
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Is constantly the victim of this. Whenever something good actually does happen to him, it only lasts for a while right before something random ruins it for him.
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