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  • A box of SpongeBob-themed fruit snacks claims that Squidward plays the accordion. He plays the clarinet.
    • Similarly, rapper Lil' Yachty tried to excuse an infamous outburst of Critical Research Failure on his part — namely, claiming that a cello is an instrument that you blow on — by claiming that he thought Squidward played a cello. When corrected on his confusion about cellos, Yachty then explained that he went on to "remember" that Squidward actually played... a flute. This went over about as well as you'd expect.
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  • This review of a SpongeBob video game calls Sandy a chipmunk and Mr. Krabs the mayor of Bikini Bottom - respectively, they're actually a squirrel and the proprietor of the Krusty Krab restaurant. On a somewhat less blatant note, it indirectly calls Squidward a squid (he's actually an octopus).
  • This article says that SpongeBob once handed Patrick soap and told him not to drop it. He actually did this to his pet snail Gary. The same article also spells the name of Chuckie from Rugrats wrong.
  • This article about writing hooks attributes a line Mr. Krabs said to SpongeBob.
  • Sometimes, Painty the Pirate is called Patchy the Pirate. These two are actually different characters; Painty is the pirate in the painting shown in the theme song (hence his name), while Patchy is the pirate who's shown doing stuff during the interstitial breaks of special episodes.
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  • Descriptions for "Banned in Bikini Bottom" call the villain of the episode Miss Priss, when it is actually Miss Gristlepuss.
  • People often assume that the show is for preschoolers (it's actually rated TV-Y7). Examples include companies who make The Merch for the show note  being aimed at that audience, as well as this parody of Project Runway by the creator of "Shoes". TV Guide is also a horrible offender of this.
    "A chipper sea sponge and his nautical neighbors make waves in the deep-sea city of Bikini Bottom in this clever and playful kiddie cartoon aimed at preschoolers."
    • Sling TV used to use the same description that TV Guide does, but they have since changed it (read: it no longer states the demographic)
  • A number of sources, including descriptions for the episode "Texas", refer to Sandy Cheeks as Sandy Squirrel. Even worse is that the show itself later made the same mistake, with SpongeBob referring to her as such in "SpongeBob's Last Stand", and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water's end credits featuring a song called "Sandy Squirrel".
  • In descriptions for the episode "Frankendoodle", the antagonist of the episode is referred to as SpongeDoodle; in the episode itself, he's called Doodle Boy, DoodleBob, and just Doodle, but never SpongeDoodle.
  • People refer to the infamous Primitive Sponge from SB-129 as "SpongeGar" from Ugh, but the two cave-sponges are actually different characters.
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    • The back cover for the season 11 DVD says that SpongeGar returns in "Cave-Dwelling Sponge"; it's actually yet another prehistoric sponge, with ambiguous relations to SpongeBob, named Spongy Spongy.
  • When Bob Kulick died, articles claimed that he wrote the song "Sweet Victory" specifically for the episode "Band Geeks". It's actually a stock track from the APM library where the show gets much of its background music. This is understandable, as most stock music and sound effect libraries don't generally get released to the public and are only for professional use.
  • The back cover of the official season 10 DVD says that it has an episode starring "Sandy's nutty nieces." Sandy's nieces appear in season 11, not 10.
  • The "Lost at Sea" DVD uses an image from "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" associated with "II." "III" isn't even on the DVD.
  • Amazon has gotten the title of many episodes wrong. Barring minor punctuation and capitalization mistakes:
    • "SB-129" is mistitled "SpongeBob 129"
    • "Krusty Krab Training Video" is known as "Krusty Crab Training Video"
    • "Party Pooper Pants" is falsely labeled "Spongebob's [sic]] Houseparty-Part 1" and "Spongebob's [sic]] Houseparty-Part 2"
    • "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" drops the "Man" from its title, making it "Mermaid and Barnacle Boy V"
    • "The Sponge Who Could Fly" claims that it's paired with "Lost Episode Patchy"
    • "Pranks a Lot" is given the bizarre title "Pranks a Lot (AKA Naked Pants)"
    • Similarly to "Pranks a Lot", "Patrick SmartPants" is known as "Patrick SmartPants (FKA Abracamoron)"
    • A very strange example: "The Lost Mattress" and "Shell of a Man" are titled "Fear Of A Krabby Pattykrabs Vs Plankton/The Lost Mattress/Shell Of A Man." "Fear of a Krabby Patty" and "Krabs vs. Plankton" are the previous episodes.
    • "Rise and Shine" and "Waiting" are falsely grouped as "Rise and Shine and Waiting." This is also common on most TV listings.
    • "Spy Buddies" is known as "SpyBob"
    • "Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob" is changed to "Mermaid Man vs. Sponge"
    • "Plankton's Regular" is cut off, reading "Plankton's Regula"
    • "Christmas Who?", "Ugh", "The Great Patty Caper", and "Goons on the Moon" are known by their Either Or Titles ("The SpongeBob Christmas Special", "SpongeBob B.C.", "Mystery with a Twistery", "SpaceBob MerryPants")
    • "Nasty Patty", "Idiot Box", "Snowball Effect", "New Leaf", "Best Day Ever", "Pest of the West", and "Patty Caper" all have their names falsely prefixed with "The."
    • "Jellyfish Jam"'s description on Amazon mentions that SpongeBob takes home a jellyfish "over the repeated warnings of his friends." The only person to comment on the jellyfish is Squidward, who is annoyed rather than trying to warn him.
    • "F.U.N."'s Amazon description says that Plankton tries to steal a "Krusty Krabs' Krabby Patty." The restaurant is named Krusty Krab, not Krusty Krabs, and SpongeBob makes the patty, not Mr. Krabs or "Krusty Krab." "Krusty Krabs" is also used in the description for "As Seen on TV."
    • "Life of Crime"'s description claims that the balloon SpongeBob and Patrick steal belong to Mr. Krabs; Mr. Krabs does teach them about stealing, but the balloon belongs to a balloon vendor.
    • The Amazon description for "Pressure" is "Sandy and SpongeBob get into a fierce competition doing extreme underwater sports." The competition is between Sandy and the other sea creatues (including Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward), and her challenge is that they must survive on land for a while, with no sports involved.
    • The summary for "I'm With Stupid" is "When Patrick's parents come over for Starfish Day, Patrick gets upset that they still think he isn't very smart." The people who come over turn out to not be Patrick's parents, and Patrick only fears that his parents don't think he's smart; the two other starfishes are actually impressed by how well he's doing compared to SpongeBob.
    • The summary for "Nasty Patty" is that "Mr. Krabs has to whip the Krusty Krab into shape in order to pass health inspection." While there is a health inspection, it's actually about Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob feeding an incredibly unsanitary and disgusting patty to the inspector because they think he's a fake, and then trying to cover it up from the police.
    • The description for "Krabby Land" states that Mr. Krabs makes "a playground in the Krusty Krab." It's an amusement park called Krabby Land, and it's not "in" the Krusty Krab, it's behind it.
    • The description for "The Camping Episode" makes SpongeBob and Patrick seem unusually malicious: "SpongeBob and Patrick lure Squidward to their backyard campout." In reality, SpongeBob and Patrick don't have anything to do with Squidward until he interrupts their camping, and joins solely due to his own pride.
    • "Whale of a Birthday" claims that Mr. Krabs wants to give Pearl "the best birthday ever"; in reality, it's the opposite, as his cheap ways lead him to do the bare minimum.
    • "Wigstruck"'s description says that SpongeBob finds the wig in the trash. In the episode, he's walking outside when it hits him in the face.
    • The description of "Best Frenemies" refers to Kelp Shake as "Kelp Smoothy [sic]."
    • "Night Light"'s summary mentions that SpongeBob is scared by tales of "the boogeyman"; in the episode, he reads a scary book of which the horrors are never revealed.
    • "Blackened Sponge"'s description is that SpongeBob gets a black eye after punching himself in the face. This is false, as he gets it by hitting his eye with a wrench while trying to open his toothpaste.
    • The image used for "Atlantis SquarePantis" is actually from "Banned in Bikini Bottom."
    • "The Great Patty Caper"'s preview image is from an associated short, not the actual episode.
    • "Mooncation"'s summary seems to mix up SpongeBob and Sandy's personalities: "Sandy only wanted to spend a relaxing vacation alone on the moon. But it seems she's got a stowaway aboard her rocket who doesn't share her idea." Sandy never plans for her vacation to be relaxing, and instead performs sports using the lower gravity. And SpongeBob happily participates in them.
  • Including Amazon, DVDs and other TV listings are prone to Spell My Name with an "S" errors. These include "Good Neighbors" as "Good Neighbor" (which doesn't make sense because the episode revolves around Squidward's two neighbors, SpongeBob and Patrick), "Breath of Fresh Squidward" as "Breath of a Fresh Squidward," "Pet or Pests" as "Pets or Pests," and "Squid Defense" as "Squid's Defense."
  • A common TV guide description for the season 1 episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy", used on Amazon and Pluto TV, reads "Watching reruns of Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy." Not only is this grammatically incorrect, it doesn't describe the episode, which is about SpongeBob and Patrick trying to get the titular heroes out of retirement.
  • This article is about a cartoonist, Troy Walker, suing Viacom for supposedly copying his character "Bob Spongee" for SpongeBob. The article also claims there was an episode that aired in 2004 called "Sponge for Hire!". In reality, there has never been an episode called "Sponge for Hire!". However, the writers may have been referring to the VHS/DVD release, Sponge for Hirenote , and confused it for the episode from 1999, "Help Wanted"note  .
  • IMDB claims that younger versions of the cast of South Park, voiced by actual kids, appeared in ''SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D'', with Kenny's role being a Retroactive Recognition role for Noah Cyrus. This didn't happen, and Noah Cyrus didn't play a role in it either, with her first animated role being the titular character of Ponyo. It's likely this is the end result of vandalism.
  • The Common Sense Media review for the Best Day Ever album confuses the Krusty Krab with the Krabby Patty.
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