Examples for the movies can be found here:
- The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
- SpongeBob's unconditional admiration and adoration of Squidward is either this or just really weird (or even a combination of both).
- Pretty much any time we see SpongeBob and Patrick as babies or little kids. They're sooo cute!
- It's a staple of kid's shows for the protagonist to be annoyed with/embarrassed by their parents. With SpongeBob, its a different story. His parents are cute as a button and he's always excited to see them, and always calls them to tell them about his life and accomplishments.
- In return, SpongeBob's parents adore him and even offer him a place to stay when he loses his home (even if SpongeBob seemed a little reluctant to move back in with his parents).
- As greedy as he can be, Mr. Krabs shows that he truly loves Spongebob like a son. Also he and Squidward, despite fighting and arguing, show that they have a sort of brotherly relationship.
- Especially in season 1. Starting around season 2, Mr Krabs became more callous, greedy, and mean-spirited. Because of this, it's rather sweet to watch an episode like Squeaky Boots, where he's trying to comfort a crying SpongeBob after the little yellow guy "lost" the boots, or Suds, where Mr Krabs is actually concerned about SpongeBob when he's sick, and sends him home to get some rest. (In later seasons he really doesn't seem to care for the well-being of his employees, and in the case of "Suds", would've forced SpongeBob to continue working.)
- SpongeBob is a terrible driver and fails his driving test every year, but he loves his driving teacher Mrs. Puff, has nothing but admiration for her, and is always happy to see her. Even throughout the controversial episode, "Demolition Doofus."
- The very first episode, "Help Wanted." SpongeBob is excited to apply for a job at the Krusty Krab, but gets cold feet and begins to run off when Patrick blocks his way, leading to this exchange:Patrick: Where do you think you're going?
SpongeBob: I was just-
Patrick: No you're not. You're going to the Krusty Krab and get that job!
SpongeBob: I can't! Don't you see?! I'm not good enough...
Patrick: Whose first words were "May I take your order?"
SpongeBob: Mine were...
Patrick: Who made a spatula out of toothpicks in wood shop?
SpongeBob: I did.
Patrick: Who's the- (strains to think) Who's- (strains some more, then gets an idea) Who's the big yellow cube with holes?!
SpongeBob: (determined) I am!
Patrick: Who's ready?!
SpongeBob: I'm ready!
Patrick: Who's ready?!
SpongeBob: I'm ready!!
Patrick: WHO'S READY?!
SpongeBob: I'M READY!!!
- "Naughty Nautical Neighbors." After Squidward sabotages SpongeBob and Patrick's friendship, the two then try to make HIM their new best friend, resulting in all sorts of chaos. Squidward finally decides to get them back together, so he stages a dinner between them and it turns into a competition between SpongeBob and Patrick to see who can get more soda from Squidward. Naturally, Squidward soon runs out of soda, so he tells the two to sit tight and leaves to get more. By this point, SpongeBob and Patrick have become inflated with the soda bubbles and hiccup some out. They become so amused with this that their friendship is renewed, much to Squidward's relief — and horror, for the bubbles destroyed his house.
- What starts the bubble avalanche is SpongeBob making Patrick chuckle with one of his hiccups, leading them to both burst out laughing. Even in a heated feud, the two still make each other smile.
- In "Opposite Day," Sponge and Pat throw Squidward an impromptu surprise birthday party, complete with balloons, singing, cake, dancing, confetti, noisemakers, pin-the-tail-on-the-seahorse, and presents. (It wasn't actually Squidward's birthday, but it's the thought that counts.)
- In the same episode, SpongeBob and Patrick's opposite dialogue near the end translates to "Happy Opposite Day, Squidward! We love you!"
- In "Nature Pants" after Spongebob's attempt to live in the wild fails miserably, he dejectedly returns to Bikini Bottom and bemoans having thrown away his friendships, but then when he arrives home he discovers his friends welcoming him back with a surprise party.
- A classic example: "Pizza Delivery." After going to hell and back trying to deliver pizza to the customer, the customer demands his drink, which he didn't even order in the first place! SpongeBob then collapses to the ground and sobs miserably, while Squidward, who we all know is constantly annoyed by Spongebob, takes the box and marches right up to the customer. This exchange occurs:Tom: Another one? Look, I told your little friend I ain't paying for that!Squidward: Well, this one's on the HOUSE! (shoves pizza in Tom's face)SpongeBob: *sniveling* Did he change his mind?Squidward: (smiling) He sure did. Ate the whole thing in one bite.SpongeBob: *stops crying* No drink?Squidward: Nah. Now take me home.
- Squidward saving SpongeBob from getting hit by a truck.
- SpongeBob's sheer dedication to getting the pizza to the customer. He really cares about making customers happy. He even says "Congratulations!" when he delivers it.
- Even the way Squidward tenderly says "Sponge? It—It's okay... Sponge?" as SpongeBob cries is really sweet. In return, throughout the episode, SpongeBob also refers to him as "Squid".
- Note that he actually tells SpongeBob it's okay after he bursts into tears. He's been put through so much abuse and spent the whole trip venting his anger out on SpongeBob, but when he finally breaks down when it proved all for nothing, Squidward gently tries to assure him it's no big deal.
- In "Hall Monitor," an ecstatic SpongeBob, much to Mrs. Puff's chagrin, is assigned the position of "hall monitor." When she tries to hand him the uniform, he happily declines and says that he has to give a speech first. After a long, drawn-out speech expressing his gratitude and his anticipation of the title, he declares that he will "put on this hat and uniform as a symbol of my authority," before getting interrupted by the bell signaling the end of the school day. Everyone leaves, and Mrs. Puff says that he overdid it on the speech again. SpongeBob sadly hands Puff back the uniform and begins to walk home, only for Puff to hand him the uniform and tell him that he can at least wear it for the rest of the day. SpongeBob is overjoyed. There's something inherently cute about SpongeBob's enthusiasm for his position as hall monitor in the episode "Hall Monitor," especially as he's chipperly singing to himself as he's "on patrol."SpongeBob: Baaaa dee dee-dee-dee-dah, the hall! Baaaah dee dee-dee-dee, monitor!
- "Home Sweet Pineapple." Nematodes destroy SpongeBob's house, rendering him homeless. In order to avoid leaving Bikini Bottom and moving back in with his parents, SpongeBob and Patrick try to make him a new home. All attempts fail miserably. Having no choice, SpongeBob first takes a pebble (the only remnant of SpongeBob's destroyed home) and buries it. He sheds a tear on it, and prepares to leave. Squidward, happy that SpongeBob is leaving, starts dancing on where SpongeBob's house used to be. However, we soon learn that the pebble was actually a seed, and the tear SpongeBob shed provided its water, allowing it to grow into a new pineapple and eliminating SpongeBob's need to leave. On top of Squidward.
- In "Culture Shock," Squidward mentions to Mr Krabs that the talent show would bring in a lot of money, as well as make Pearl a star. Mr Krabs, who, as we all know, is obsessed with money, is more happy at the idea of his daughter becoming a star.
- SpongeBob's first suggestion for a performance. He blows a bubble in the shape of a large hippo. He and the hippo produce top hats and canes and do a cute little jig, which ends when they shuffle and SpongeBob say "Ta-daaa!" Also, SpongeBob's parents in the episode. This episode has a lot of cute Sponge moments.
- In "F.U.N.":
- SpongeBob trying to be Plankton's friend by attempting to give him a pep talk, then spending a whole day playing with him and doing fun things together. All because Sponge is such a nice dude.Plankton: [sobbing] You don't know what it's like to be a loser!
SpongeBob: [patting him on the back] Awww, cheer up, Plankton. I think you're a winner.
- SpongeBob has a ton of Simple-Minded Wisdom moments, including the classic "Fun Song" courtesy of storyboard director and writer Sherm Cohen, and this line:SpongeBob: Wooow, a magic shop! Are you a magician? One time, I saw a magician, and he did this thing, and... and then he said, "If you believe in yourself, and with a tiny pinch of magic, all your dreams can come true!"
- Really, the whole episode, considering that the plot is just SpongeBob trying to be friends with Plankton.SpongeBob: Fun is when you... fun is... it's like... it's kind of... sort of like a... What is fun? I... Let me spell it for you! (singing) "F" is for friends who do stuff together! "U" is for you and me! "N" is for anywhere at any time at all, down here in the deep blue sea!
Plankton: F is for fire that burns down the whole town, U is for uranium... BOMBS! N is for no survivors WHEN YOU—
SpongeBob: Plankton! Those things aren't what fun is all about! Now do it like this. [singing] F is for friends who do stuff—
Plankton!: Never! That's completely idiotic.
SpongeBob: Here, let me help! [holding Plankton, making him dance] F is for friends who do stuff together, U is for you and me, TRY IT!
Plankton: [singing] N is for anywhere at any time at all!
Chorus: Down here in the deep blue sea!
Plankton: I don't understand. I feel all... tingly inside.... Can we stop?
SpongeBob: No, that's how you're supposed to feel!
Plankton: Well I like it! Let's do it again!
Both: F is for frolic through all the flowers, U is for ukulele, N is for nosepicking, chewing gum and sandlicking, here with my best buddy! Hahahahahahahaha!
- This line:SpongeBob: I bet if he had just one friend, he wouldn't be such a meanie.
- SpongeBob trying to be Plankton's friend by attempting to give him a pep talk, then spending a whole day playing with him and doing fun things together. All because Sponge is such a nice dude.
- In "Texas," the Texas-themed party that SpongeBob and Patrick arrange for Sandy after hearing her pine for her home.
- Sandy realizing she was home all along.
- In "Valentine's Day," SpongeBob gives a personalized Valentine's gift to everyone in Bikini Bottom, even a dejected looking Plankton.
- In "Walking Small," SpongeBob realizing how much of a jerk he's been, and making everyone's day happy again. Especially when he cleans off the little girl's ice cream with "butterfly kisses" and gives it back to her, and she beams.
- SpongeBob in general in this episode was just adorable, even the way he eats ice cream and "steps on the beach" is endearing somehow.
- In "Suds," from what we can understand of the conversation, Gary is trying to persuade SpongeBob that he's too sick to go to work. Later, Gary suddenly appearing at the Krusty Krab is treated as a joke, but it's pretty sweet that Gary followed SpongeBob to work to alert his boss of his illness. And in the following scene, when SpongeBob is resting in his armchair, Gary is sitting nearby, as if to keep him company. Though Gary can be aloof, he does look out for SpongeBob's well-being sometimes.
- In the same episode, it's pretty sweet that Patrick is looking out for SpongeBob and trying to help him get better. That is, until his "treatments" become genuinely harmful...
- The genuine concern in Sandy's voice when SpongeBob first calls her to tell her he needs her to take him to the doctor.
- In "Fools in April," SpongeBob fools Gary into thinking that they're becoming peasants and have to eat clam shells. Gary starts crying, and SpongeBob says, "April fools! Here you go, pal!" as he gives back Gary's food bowl.
Squidward: All right, all right! I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I admit it, I'm sorry! I didn't mean to hurt you, in fact, I like you! I like living next door, I like your foghorn alarm in the morning and your high-pitched giggling at night!
- SpongeBob giving his (somehow alive) fake tongue a hug.
- When Squidward is upset by the prank Sponge pulled on him, SpongeBob apologizes and tells him that he'll leave alone, because "there's plenty of other willing participants."
- The Bikini Bottomites feeling sorry for SpongeBob when he tearfully runs out of the Krusty Krab due to being hurt physically and emotionally by Squidward's mean prank, and becoming angry at Squidward for it.
- Squidward apologizing for being an ass, and saying, with heart-wrenching sincerity, that he likes SpongeBob and everything about him:
SpongeBob: What would we do without Squidward?
- This line:
- Sandy gets credit for jumping in to defend SpongeBob when he gets fired for his excessive karate-ness in "Karate Choppers." Especially considering they only met like a few episodes ago.
- SpongeBob was just so adorable in this episode. His "karate dance", his reaction to the hot sauce threat and telling Sandy that victory is hers, him and Sandy at the park, and the ending were cute.
- SpongeBob's innocent, one-sided crush on Sandy, which is a bit more prevalent in season one than in other seasons. He even brings her flowers at a few points.
- "Pickles" has one for Mr. Krabs, who acts concerned towards SpongeBob when he gets stressed at work and is visibly distressed when he sees Spongebob's house in disarray. Also a minor one for SpongeBob himself at the end, who cheers for Squidward when no one else does.
- SpongeBob and Patrick's unbridled, barely suppressed glee when they get to meet Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy for the first time, in the episode that introduced the characters.
- Mermaid Man letting SpongeBob go "on patrol" with himself and Barnacle Boy in "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy II," as well as Mermaid Man comforting SpongeBob after the latter has started crying.
- From the same episode, Mermaid Man saying with complete sincerity, "For a pain in the neck, he's a pretty nice kid!" It's telling that for however annoying Spongebob can be, Mermaid Man (nor even Barnacle Boy) seem to have any actual hostility toward the little sponge, like Squidward and Mrs. Puff.
- In "SB-129," after Squidward goes crazy from the isolation, he sobs about how he even misses SpongeBob. The time machine ends up taking him back to the past. The exchange between Squidward and the two is very heartwarming, even though it's downplayed at the end when Squidward refuses to go jellyfishing with the duo.
- In the halloween episode Scaredy Pants, Patrick was the only one who didnt purposely scare Spongebob. He even apologises, which is something he probably wouldn't do in seasons 6-8. He even decided to help Spongebob get back at the people who scared him.
- When they first test out Spongebob new ghost costume and scared a guy, it was rather sweet on how Spongebob was finally having fun on Halloween.
- The scene with the Flying Dutchman appearing and claim he going take everybodys souls starting with Spongebobs because he found his costume insulting. Sandy shouted Spongebob! in a concerned worried way.
- The majority of "Dying For Pie," in which Squidward accidentally gives SpongeBob a pie-shaped bomb, which will explode at sunset, so Squidward tries to give SpongeBob the best day of his life.
- The ending scene in particular, in which Squidward watched the sun set with SpongeBob is very emotional, despite the fact that SpongeBob doesn't really end up dying, as he hadn't eaten the pie yet.
- "Christmas Who?" Especially when Squidward dresses up as Santa and gives out his stuff to appease the people of Bikini Bottom.
- Also when Squidward begins to feel bad when SpongeBob gets depressed because he "ruined" Christmas.
- At the end of the episode, where SpongeBob gives Squidward a handmade wooden clarinet.
- "Thank you, Santa...for bringing Christmas to Bikini Bottom!" "I didn't bring Christmas to Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob. You did." Keep in mind that this is Squidward saying this.
- And then SpongeBob glomps Squidward so enthusiastically that a heart appears.
- SpongeBob gives Squidward a wooden clarinet, because he didn't want him to feel left out. Squidward is moved to tears, and remarks that it's the nicest gift he's ever gotten.
- Squidward's little smile when SpongeBob hugs him is heart-meltingly sweet.
- The scene of Krabs giving Plankton a gift is Heartwarming in Hindsight.
- In "No Free Rides," SpongeBob and his parents surprise Mrs. Puff with a huge cake when (they all thought) that SpongeBob had finally passed his driving test. They were all so grateful for not giving up on Spongie.
- In that same episode, SpongeBob's parents give him a new boatmobile as a present. SpongeBob is so overjoyed that he actually faints. Later in the episode, SpongeBob's mom tucks him into bed and tells him that he can drive his new boat in the morning.
- The best friends forever ring.
- "Band Geeks." You know what scene we're talking about. There's a reason this episode is universally regarded as one of the, if not THE, best episodes of the series.
SpongeBob: What kind of monsters are we? That poor creature came to us in his hour of need, and we failed him. Squidward's always been there for us when it was convenient for him! Evelyn, when your little Jimmy was trapped in a fire, who rescued him?
- The look on Squidward's face after Spongebob starts singing. That wide-eyed, open-mouthed, uncomprehending shock that the band's actually kicking ass. That is the look of a man, thoroughly broken by life, who is suddenly hit square in the face with the realization that what he thought was going to be the worst moment of his life is actually going to be the best.
- Honorable mention to SpongeBob's Rousing Speech to the dysfunctional band. It shows how much SpongeBob truly cares for Squidward.
Evelyn: A fireman.
SpongeBob: And Larry, when your heart gave out from all those canning pills, who revived you?
Larry: Some guy in an ambulance.
SpongeBob: Right! So if we all could just pretend it's Squidward who's a fireman or some guy in a ambulance, then I'm sure we can all pull together and discover what it truly means... to be in a marching band.
- And the thing is? This speech works. When we next see the group, they're all playing music perfectly together- from Larry to Plankton to Mr. Krabbs to Patrick, everyone is working together when normally the episode would just have them fall apart humorously.
- A comparatively less impressive moment, but pay attention to the group shot of everyone arguing just before the big fight. Patrick's defending his friend by fighting with the lady who just senselessly called SpongeBob a "talking cheese".
- SpongeBob's "eager" face (and dance). It looks cute in its own right, and it's even more heartwarming to look at once you consider what happens afterward. He was excited because he knew very well that they were going to make Squidward proud.
- In "Grandma's Kisses," after SpongeBob's temper tantrum, his grandmother tells him that he doesn't need to be a baby to get his grandma's love. She also tells him that no matter how old he is, he will always be her baby boy. It's a sweet moment, even if it's somewhat downplayed by Squidward and the Krusty Krab customers laughing at them through the window at the end.
- In "Welcome to the Chum Bucket", after losing a bet with Plankton, Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob to the Chum Bucket. The song they sing afterwards, titled "This Grill is not a Home" is very heartwarming, and shows the SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs really do need each other.SpongeBob: A stove is a stove, no matter where you go.
Mr. Krabs: A patty is a patty, that's what I say...
SpongeBob: A grill is a grill, this is surely so-oo...
Mr. Krabs: And fries should be fries, either way...
SpongeBob: But this grill is not a home, this is not the stove I know!
Mr. Krabs: I would trade it all away, if you'd come back to stay!
Both: This kitchen's not the same without you!
Mr. Krabs: It's just a greasy spoon.
SpongeBob: Just a greasy spoon...
Both: Without you....
- Squidward is very caring for SpongeBob in "Graveyard Shift," and when he thinks he's going to die, he says he's always been OK with him. Then SpongeBob goes off topic.
- It's pretty telling that, when Squidward believes that he and SpongeBob are going to be killed, he actually picks up SpongeBob and hugs him close, as if attempting to protect him. And this is coming from the guy who normally hates when SpongeBob hugs him.
- Prior to SpongeBob's Squirrel Jokes making everyone legitimately make fun of Sandy, we get this exchange backstage after SpongeBob's first show using them.SpongeBob: Oh hey, Sandy!Sandy: Howdy, SpongeBob.SpongeBob: Did you enjoy the show?Sandy: Well, ac-actually SpongeBob, no. Those jokes are hurtful and you know it.SpongeBob: Come on Sandy, I was just joking. I mean, everybody knows that you're the smartest one in Bikini Bottom.Sandy: Well, I can't argue with that.SpongeBob: We all gotta laugh at ourselves once in a while. I do it all the time! (Holds up a mirror and laughs excessively into it. Sandy chuckles)Sandy: You're right, SpongeBob. I was being a little too sensitive. (Both hug) No hard feelings.
- In "Bossy Boots," Pearl and SpongeBob are trying to think of a new name for the Krusty Krab. After thinking of many different names (some of which are nice, while others are completely disturbing), they finally come up with one: The Kuddly Krab! So adorable, right? But not as adorable as when Pearl and SpongeBob give each other a hug or a "kuddle" if you want to get technical and laugh. Aww!
- At the beginning of "Sailor Mouth," SpongeBob performs two nice gestures towards Squidward. The first is standing up for him when he thinks Mr. Krabs called him garbage (he was referring to the bag Squidward was holding), and the second is when SpongeBob sees that someone wrote "Squidward smells" on the dumpster, and adds the word "good" to the end, turning an insult into a compliment.
- Keep in mind he merely thought the quote hadn't been finished. He can't comprehend the idea that someone could say something nasty about Squidward.
- Mr Krabs acting like a parent trying to discipline his children.
- This exchange in "Life of Crime".Patrick: And we owe it all to you!
SpongeBob: What are you talking about? Taking the balloon was your evil plan!
Patrick: Naw, I'm nothing but a lot of talk! You're the one with the sticky fingers!
SpongeBob: [blushing] Aww, Patrick! You're the best bad influence ever!
Patrick: You too!
[they both hug]
- Near the beginning of the episode, Mr Krabs giving SpongeBob and Patrick a fatherly talk about why stealing is wrong, and then giving them a big hug before shooing them out of the restaurant, was rather adorable.
- Just how damn close Sandy is to SpongeBob in "Prehibernation Week". The idea she'll be asleep for months without him breaks her heart and thus SpongeBob agrees to spend the remaining time with her. When she overdoes this and SpongeBob tries to hide, she begins a frantic search party for him. Crazy, yes, but endearing also.
- Sandy falling asleep in the end, followed by a relieved SpongeBob sleep with her. It's cute.
- Wen Sandy reports SpongeBob missing to The Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs is the first to volenteer for thesearch party, even giving Squidward a glare when he's happy about SpongeBob's disappearance.
- The ending to "The Smoking Peanut" where SpongeBob and Patrick are proved innocent and Clamu is reunited with its pearl, in actuality an egg, which hatches into an affectionate baby clam. As the two embrace, Clamu, no longer sobbing, makes a visible smile.
- SpongeBob and Patrick making up in "The Fry Cook Games" is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming.
- Patrick reuniting with his (real) parents in "I'm With Stupid."
- The theatre scene from Something Smells. It's played for comedy, but seeing Patrick getting mad at the whole room when Spongebob began to cry is actually pretty heartwarming, even though all Patrick did was make things worse.
- "Club SpongeBob." When Squidward is getting denied food by the Magic Conch, Patrick tries to ask the conch if Squidward could eat. As soon as he eats the sandwich, he apologizes to Squidward since he couldn't have it, which shows that Patrick is still trying to be thoughtful of Squidward when he was being denied to eat.
- "Idiot Box." When Squidward believes SpongeBob and Patrick were caught in two avalanches, he is deeply worried and concerned for them though the two were actually fine and it was just their imagination. Still, despite the fact that SpongeBob and Patrick often annoy him, Squidward does deeply care about their well-being.
- "Mermaidman and Barnacleboy V." Barnacle Boy gets fed up with how Mermaid Man treats him like a sidekick and decides to join Man Ray and the Dirty Bubble, and form EVIL. Later on, Mermaid Man asks SpongeBob, Sandy, Patrick, and Squidward to help him save the world and defeat EVIL, by putting on the costumes of the original IJLSA, and in the process, gain each costume's superpowers. The two sides engage battle with EVIL, who end up winning. The ending (and the heartwarming) starts when Barnacle Boy confronts Mermaid Man, and demands three things: one, to be treated like a superhero and not a sidekick; two, to be called Barnacle Man; and three, to get an adult-sized Krabby Patty. The demands being used to make amends is enough, but the clincher comes in the next scene:
- A great majority of "Can You Spare A Dime?" qualifies. When Squidward becomes homeless and desperate, SpongeBob unhesitatingly brings Squiddy into his house and lets him sleep in his own bed, tenderly kisses him goodnight, makes him breakfast in bed, feeds him, and gives him massages. D'aaaaw... Well, until Squidward turns into a lazy jerk and starts taking advantage of him, that is.
- Near the beginning of the episode, when Squidward throws down his hat and storms out of the restaurant, SpongeBob follows him, almost completely drops the goofy/happy act, and tries to persuade him as seriously as he can to come back to work- in a lower, solemn voice we don't hear him use often. A very genuine moment.
- At the end of "The Great Snail Race," Patrick's pet rock somehow wins the race. In a surprising display of thoughtfulness, Patrick has the trophy engraved to Squidward instead, knowing how much he wanted to win. Squidward is genuinely touched. The fact that this time, Squidward actually just laughed it off after his name was misspelled on the engraving makes it better.
- The entire ending of that episode; first, SpongeBob has a Heel Realization when Gary gets severely injured on the track and apologizes to him tearfully. Then, Snellie gives up the race to help Gary. And finally, when Rocky wins, Patrick is so happy that he laughs until he cries.
- Before Gary even crashes, Spongebob instantly deflates when he notices Gary's in trouble and concernedly tells him he can stop racing.
- The fact that Patrick, in contrast with Squidward and SpongeBob, is happy to let Rocky go when he feels like it rather than telling him to win.
- In "Born Again Krabs," Mr. Krabs trades SpongeBob to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents. Squidward, to his own surprise, is indignant.Squidward: Mr. Krabs, I can't believe I'm saying this, but how could you trade SpongeBob for sixty-two cents?!
Mr. Krabs: You think I could've gotten more?
Squidward: He stuck up for you and you sold him out?! You should be ashamed of yourself!
- Combined with Tearjerker is the fact that Mr. Krabs has a genuine moment when he does regret selling SpongeBob out. How do we know it's genuine? He throws his recently obtained change onto the floor in disgust. As seen in previous episodes, Mr. Krabs loses it if any change falls onto the floor, treating it like a wounded animal. Here, he doesn't even hesitate to toss it aside, showing he truly does regret his own weakness that (almost) cost him SpongeBob.
- This exchange from "New Student Starfish":SpongeBob: What do you usually do when I'm gone [at boating school]?
Patrick: [tearing up] Wait for you to get back.
- "Clams" has Mr. Krabs taking Squidward and SpongeBob out on a fishing trip to show his appreciation of them.
- Seeing all of SpongeBob's friends in "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" celebrating his perfect on-time percentage at work, and later his birthday, is heartwarming enough, but then you see characters like Squidward and Plankton got invited too. Neither of them show ANY visible signs of hesitance whatsoever. Now, that's a REAL surprise.
- Even though it's mostly a Funny Moment, and they had the wrong target, it's touching that, for once, the people of Bikini Bottom are willing to intervene on SpongeBob's behalf, twice, after hearing him scream about the bully who wants to "kick his butt".
- After Spongebob and Patrick cry after believing Junior is dead, Junior is seen flying and he's alive. Junior kisses Spongebob on the cheek and drops a coconut on Patrick's head and then kisses him on the cheek too. After the parents say goodbye to their son, they are proud to have looked after him.
- Gary and SpongeBob's reunion at the end of "Have You Seen This Snail?"
Patrick: Just let it out, buddy. That's right.
- Before then, Patrick genuinely comforting SpongeBob during his grief. They're sitting on SpongeBob's couch and Pat has his arm around a crying Sponge's shoulders. No comic relief, no idiocy, just Patrick giving his friend a shoulder to cry on, it's really sweet:
- SpongeBob and Patrick giving Squidward a "Sorry For Bugging You So Much" cake in "Good Neighbors."
- Unlike the same scene in "Squidville," the scene is not diminished by Patrick shoving the cake in his pants.
- In "Funny Pants," Squidward blows out his laugh box and he's hospitalized, and has to undergo surgery. When he wakes up, he's informed that his laugh box had to be cut out, due to it being shriveled. The doctor informs Squidward that he'll still be able to laugh, because someone donated part of their laugh box to him. Squidward looks around the room at the guests in his hospital room, from Sandy, Patrick, Mr Krabs, who all tell him that they weren't the donors. Then the camera pans over to SpongeBob, who just smiles sweetly and tugs down his shirt, to reveal two small bandages from his surgery.
- Made even more heartwarming when you realize that Squidward kind of treated SpongeBob like garbage throughout the whole episode. SpongeBob is just that nice.
- In "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture", not only do SpongeBob and Patrick convince Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy to make a movie together, they all even enjoy it by the end. In spite of what the fact that the rest of their audience obviously appear unamused with the resulting movie would lead you to expect, they instead feel proud of what they've made together and have an Everybody Laughs Ending.
- The ending of "Best Frenemies." Especially after seeing Mr. Krabs and Plankton's past in season five's "Friend or Foe."
- The second-to-last scene in "New Leaf" where Mr. Krabs and Plankton spend the day at a carnival, even though the final scene turned out to be a trick Plankton pulled throughout the whole episode.
- Brief moment, but in Krusty Towers, Squidward genuinely doesn't seem to mind letting SpongeBob and Patrick share his pool. Considering his normal nature, that's pretty surprising.
- At the end of Patrick Smartpants, we learn that the reason Patrick suddenly became so smart after getting his head knocked off was because he put brain coral on instead of his actual head. He and SpongeBob find his real head, and we get this moving exchange right before he puts it back on.SpongeBob: Are you sure you want to give up being smart and sophisticated to be my friend again?
Patrick: Knowledge can never replace friendship. I would rather be an idiot!
SpongeBob: Not just an idiot, you're also my pal!
- In Best Day Ever, as much as Squidward despises SpongeBob most of the time, it's nice that Squidward put SpongeBob on the VIP list during the former's concert.
- The ending of The Pink Purloiner. Throughout the episode, SpongeBob thinks Patrick stole his jellyfishing net. It's revealed that Patrick made SpongeBob a new net, and it turns out SpongeBob left his on the bus. When the bus driver returns it, SpongeBob gives it to Patrick. It's heartmeltingly sweet.Patrick: Wanna go Jellyfishing? I just got a new net!
SpongeBob: So did I! My best friend made it for me!
- Remember in "Rule of Dumb" when Patrick goes mad with power, and he has that altercation with his reflection, and he realizes what he's done, and tries so desperately to get the crown away? Doubles with Tear Jerker once you think of what a prick he's become.
- "The Gift of Gum": SpongeBob and Patrick have an entire holiday to celebrate their friendship. Aww.
- When SpongeBob starts crying because he doesn't think his gift (a robot butler) is as good as Gummie, Patrick assures SpongeBob that he loves it.
- In "The Two Faces of Squidward," SpongeBob straight-up tells Squidward "I love you," and hugs him! D'aaaaaw!
- Squidward doesn't even mind, either- he just smiles!
- "A Flea in her Dome" opens with SpongeBob and Patrick throwing Sandy a welcome home party when she comes back from her convention in Texas.
- Patrick expressing sincere guilt in "Donut of Shame". Over taking a donut that Spongebob GAVE to him as a birthday present.
- "Breath of Fresh Squidward"'; Just seeing how happy Squidward was can really warm the heart.
- Sandy cheering up Spongebob in "Pest of the West".
- In "Stanley Squarepants", the title character is SpongeBob's cousin who always screws up. Despite this, SpongeBob tries to look after and help him, even letting him help in the Krusty Krab and covering for him whenever he screws up. Well, that is until he breaks his spatula...
- Speaking of which, Mr. Krabs gets annoyed and lectures SpongeBob for every mistake, but when he assumes SpongeBob broke his spatula, Mr. Krabs speaks more softly, showing sympathy and says he'll order another one for him tomorrow.
- The song from "Truth or Square" about the Krusty Krab.
- The Bikini Bottom residents arriving at the Krusty Krab having heard SpongeBob's song, and they all stand side-by-side with their arms linked, swaying side-to-side and humming the tune with SpongeBob. Mr. Krabs is overjoyed to see this.
- The wedding too, even if it was just a play. SpongeBob looks so happy.
- A small one, but the flashback of Spongebob trying a Krabby Patty while still in the womb.
- Mr. Krabs' grandfather still loving him despite the fact he lied about being a pirate in "Grandpappy the Pirate."
- "Porous Pockets" has SpongeBob gain an enormous amount of cash, and shares it generously with his friends and complete strangers (who blatantly milk it). Patrick, for once gaining the Smart Ball, attempts to warn him he'll lose everything at this rate, though by this time SpongeBob has let the popularity go to his head and ignores him. When the money (and as a result his new "friends") inevitably vanishes, Patrick near instantly forgives him and lets him play with his new volleyball (in fact a huge diamond).
- Before then, the montage of Sponge and Pat having fun at the mall. They don't buy anything (except at the end, when they spend a bunch on a lifetime's supply of strawberry gum,) and they just spend the montage goofing around and playing.
- SpongeBob and Patrick making it up to their titular neighbor in "Giant Squidward" by making him a giant clarinet, showing how bad they feel sometimes for pestering him. Shame it doesn't last long.
- "Overbooked!" focuses on SpongeBob overbooking himself with Mr. Krabs (who he was suppose to help with a toy car set up), Patrick (for their usual hi jinks, though this day was special in that it was his birthday), and Sandy (for a science presentation). While it leads to usual silliness (and a Getting Crap Past the Radar joke), eventually the truth comes out and Patrick, Sandy, and Mr. Krabs confront Sponge about it. When he reveals he had made plans with them at the same time to not disappoint them, surprisingly enough in the middle of the show's controversial Seasonal Rot, the three show legit kindness, Sandy seeing SpongeBob overextended himself, Krabs asking why he didn't just say that in the first place, and even Patrick saying they could have worked something out. It's surprising and heartwarming SpongeBob's friends understood and even the ending reveals Sandy's new invention was a cloning device, allowing SpongeBob to literally be in 3 places at once.
- As cringe-inducing as "The Splinter" is, especially in how Squidward trolls SpongeBob later, he writes this little note for the first order of the day. "Two Krabby Patties. P.S., SpongeBob, you're an idiot. Love, Squidward." For a guy that regularly dislikes SpongeBob and even just insulted him in the same note, it was oddly touching that he drew a heart too.
- In general, No Hat for Pat is a major Heartwarming Moment for Patrick, especially since it came around the time his less savory qualities were becoming far more prevalent.
- SpongeBob, for once, does not act like an Extreme Doormat or a Yes-Man to Mr. Krabs and wants him to stop using Patrick as a publicity stunt act lest he suffer worse injury.
- After Patrick gets fired and loses the hat, he starts crying because he'll likely never get an opportunity to work at the Krusty Krab again. SpongeBob comforts him by lending him his hat, symbolically putting them on the same level. Definitely a moment that best defines the relationship between these two.
- "Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle," After seeming like such a heartless jerk for so long, when Mr. Krabs see's SpongeBob feeling weak due to a lack of Krabby Patties, he is incredibly worried and instantly asks the giant vacuum cleaner to spare one for him.
- "Kracked Krabs." After Mr. Krabs loses the cheapest crab award, SpongeBob helps him get it back and they both show semblances of their old personalities. They lose it again but they don't care because they still love each other.
- The whole scene where they "exaggerate" things is both this and a Funny Moment.
- While "Stuck in the Wringer" of all episodes isn't exactly an episode that the majority of the fanbase would expect a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming from, it is sweet how Patrick gives SpongeBob a pep talk to get him excited about the day at the beginning, even in spite of the latter's problem. Even though it turns out to not be enough to help with the mess that Patrick caused, he was at least willing to give SpongeBob words of encouragement (and he even succeeds for at least a few minutes).
- In "SpongeBob's Last Stand," Patrick and Sponge fight tooth-and-nail to save Jellyfish Fields from being turned into a highway.
- Later, when his plans are unsuccessful, he faints with grief, and Squidward catches him and holds him gently until he comes to.
- After that, everyone teams up with him to save Jellyfish Fields. Also doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
- Though most of the Bikini Bottomites advocated the construction of the highway, and really only agreed to help so that the Jellyfish would leave them alone.
- In "A Day Without Tears," Squidward makes a bet with SpongeBob that Spongie can't go a day without crying. If Squidward wins, then he'll make SpongeBob do his yard work and cleaning. SpongeBob claims that if he wins, then Squidward will come over to his house for a slumber party. SpongeBob wins the bet, and the episode wins with SpongeBob and Squiddie on Sponge's couch- Squidward is sobbing in despair and SpongeBob is gently hugging him, telling him to cry it out. It was a really odd combination of funny and genuinely sweet, on SpongeBob's part.
SpongeBob: [with big sparkly eyes] Awww! He looks like a little angel! [eyes get bigger and sparklier]
- SpongeBob, ever the sentimentalist, looks at an utterly gorgeous sunset and is visibly welling up with tears because it's so beautiful. Later, he does the same thing when he sees how cute Gary looks when he's asleep. SpongeBob, you're so cute!!
- It was also interesting to see what SpongeBob would do if Squidward came over to his house uninvited. When SpongeBob does this to Squidward, it's infuriating, but when Squiddie follows SpongeBob home, SpongeBob is a gracious host, serving him drinks and making him feel welcome.
- In the episode, SpongeBob isn't just crying because of his own misfortunes. He also begins to cry when he hears about the misfortunes of ''other people'', and animals. Just shows how much of a sweet, tender little guy he is.
- There's also that TV program Squidward and SpongeBob watch, where a dad is going to work, when his son asks if he can stay to play a game of catch with him. The dad wearily says he can't, as he's already late for his job, but just as the son looks down in disappointment, the dad comes back, deciding that he can stay to catch a few throws. The exchange between the two is as touching as it is a cliche. It's no wonder SpongeBob threw the TV out the window (to avoid crying).
- Seeing how SpongeBob manages to instantly control himself no matter what Squidward does to ironically make him cry is heartwarming as well, as he is determined to hold in his tears and win the bet.
- In "Enchanted Tiki Dreams," SpongeBob and Patrick have one of those moments where they realize how miserable they've made Squidward and vow to make it up to him. They spend the entire night creating a paradise for him and making sure he has a wonderful time. Then, even after it all falls apart, they help him continue to relax. After all the crap he has been put through as the series goes on, it is nice to see him actually WIN for a change.
- SpongeBob saving Gary from Mr. Krabs in "The Cent of Money." After seeing SpongeBob as a Yes-Man to Mr. Krabs, who got worse and worse each season, this is refreshing to weary fans. It also redeems him for his shocking behavior towards Gary in "A Pal for Gary."
- The end of "Love That Squid," where Squidward, after being designated to being a luckless Chew Toy for the bulk of the show, outright succeeds in getting a date with a girl. If that isn't the writers deciding to give Squidward a Pet the Dog moment, who knows what is?
- A great majority of the episode, actually. SpongeBob spends the whole episode trying to help Squidward get ready for his date, which was pretty nice of him, and even Squidward appreciates the gesture. At the end, Squidward finaly snaps at SpongeBob's weird, annoying ways, and blows up at him. Squid's date sees, and Squidward dejectedly assumes that the gal no longer likes him. But she said, with admiration, that she appreciates a man who "doesn't suffer fools," and they proceed to go on their date.
- As awful as "A Pal For Gary" is, it does have one moment of heartwarming: when SpongeBob is nearly eaten by Puffy Fluffy, Gary's first response is to immediately come to his rescue, even after all the crap SpongeBob put him through during the episode. Now THAT'S Undying Loyalty.
- Much of "Sponge-Cano!" counts, and it mostly has to do with SpongeBob's love for Squidward. He tries to help Squidward, volunteers to take his place as a sacrifice to the volcano, saves him from falling into the lava, and then gives him a place to stay when he's lost his house. The episode ends with the two of them sharing SpongeBob's bed, looking all cozy. Squidward is obviously annoyed at SpongeBob gently teasing him, but it's still so damn cute to see how much SpongeBob cares for his friend — especially despite all of the mean crap Squiddie does to him.
- There was something oddly genuine about this moment from "The Great Patty Caper" on Patrick's part, (with Pat acting like a kindly big brother,) because of the nonchalant way he avoided making SpongeBob feel bad about it. Once again, Patrick showing the kind side of him hasn't vanished yet in the later seasons:SpongeBob: The key! Patrick! Where in the ocean's depth did you find it?
Patrick: I found it when I was cleaning your shorts from your little "accident" earlier.
SpongeBob: Well, that is great news.
Patrick: [yawns] Anyways, I'm gonna hit the sack. I'm pooped. I'm sure you can relate.
SpongeBob: Uh, yeah, me, too. [bashful laughter]
- "Growth Spout" has Mr. Krabs dropping his usually jerk-ass tendencies and doing everything he can to help Pearl go through her 'growth spout'. No ulterior motives, no cheap tricks, he goes out of his way for his daughter and it's pretty heartwarming.
- Near the end of "Restraining SpongeBob", Patrick and Squidward are in a physical fight, and SpongeBob must choose between following the restraining order, or stopping his two best friends from beating them up. He chooses to pull them apart, and then Squidward asks for the restraining order. No, the episode does not take the route "A Pal For Gary" did. Instead, Squidward seems grateful that the yellow sponge managed to get Patrick off his chest, and SpongeBob is taken off the restraining order. The whole thing doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
- The end of "Free Samples" with Mr. Krabs letting SpongeBob make money angels with him in the big pile of money. Made more nice when you consider how Mr. Krabs acted in the past few seasons.
- Karen forgiving Plankton at the end of "Karen 2.0." After the fight, Karen loses all of her power and is deactivated - and Plankton, instead of going for the formula, removes the battery from Karen 2 and uses it to restore his wife. If that doesn't prove he loves his wife, nothing does.
- In "Treats!" SpongeBob sleeps next to the pet store to get a can of Gary's beloved Snail Bites as soon as they open. Then, when it turns that they're all out, he goes on a world-wide search for the last few cans of Snail Bites just so Gary can be happy. After watching the infamous "A Pal for Gary," it's refreshing to see their loving relationship restored.
- The second plot of the episode involves SpongeBob trying to overcome his Extreme Doormat ways by saying "no" to Gary. Because he loves Gary so much, he's having trouble telling Gary "No," so Patrick gives him some much-needed advice and tells him to just say it. SpongeBob sits down near Gary and has a little talk with him, and actually does say "no," gently but firmly. The scene plays out suspensefully, and we have no idea what Gary's reaction will be. But Gary just calmly wanders off, and SpongeBob is relieved.
- Unlike season 1's "Walking Small," this is an episode where someone tells SpongeBob how to assert himself correctly while still being nice, and it works. Kind of meta, but throughout the majority of the show, SpongeBob has a problem of being a doormat to other people and keeping his frustration bottled up until he ends up being a jerk. In this episode it appears that he's actually learned something. Good for you, Spongie!
- In the season finale, "Hello Bikini Bottom": the "Giving Up" duet between SpongeBob and Squidward, where SpongeBob tells Squidward that they can be successful on tour and Squidward seems to like him. The Bikini Bottomites who hear it end up loving it.
- In a meta example, this was Aaron Springer's final episode before he moved on to Gravity Falls. Springer had a turbulent career in Season 5-7, but he also wrote greats like Karate Choppers, Band Geeks, and more recently Treats!. Once you realize that he had been with SpongeBob since Season 1 (13 years) and this heartwarming episode is his finale, it qualifies as a Tear Jerker.
- In a bizarre way, Squidward finally finding a happy memory in "Are You Happy Now?" — chainsawing every Paper Mache SpongeBob in sight.SpongeBob: [dreamy sigh] He's so handsome.
- In "Frozen Face-Off", SpongeBob decides to let everyone ride on his sled despite it being a race. Everyone (even Mr. Krabs and Sandy) also hugs Squidward when he gets un-frozen, and they go back to save him when he gets left behind.
- In "Patrick's Staycation", SpongeBob knocks himself out trying to provide Patrick with a meal and spa experience, only for things to go horribly wrong. What follows are Patrick and Squidward being jerks in various ways, ending with Patrick taking SpongeBob's bed, and the latter not being able to sleep in it. Cue a couple frames later, and Mr. Crabs comes in to find SpongeBob in his hammock. Without fussing about it, he first asks if SpongeBob has had "another one of them nasty dreams", and then if Patrick is in his bed "again". When SpongeBob responds to the affirmative, Mr. Crabs pats him nicely on the cheek and says, "Ah well, goodnight laddie," and allows the poor sponge to stay and sleep in his hammock.
- Plankton getting a happy ending with his new pet amoeba Spot in "Plankton's Pet." After all the failure he went through, it seems that even Plankton deserves a special reward.
- Spongebob helping Plankton find Spot throughout the episode. Instead of his usual obliviousness making things worse, he really puts in the effort to look for the amoeba. It makes since Spongebob has a pet, so he understand what Plankton is going through.
- Plankton's whole role of this episode. He has no ulterior motive for having Spot. Even using Spot to get a Krabby Patty is just a minor moment.
- "SpongeBob, You're Fired!":
- SQUIDWARD of all people saving SpongeBob and even admitting to him how much the Krusty Krab needs him. After everything he's put him through, too! Squidward, dude, you've won me back my heart.Squidward: SpongeBob?
Squidward: You know I hate you, right?
SpongeBob: [smiling] Yes, yes I do.
Squidward: Well, I hate the smell of burning Krabby Patties even more. Please come back and fry cook again!
- Also, Gary getting slightly un-Flanderized, and caring for SpongeBob.
- Simultaneously, SpongeBob feeding Gary despite being completely broken up about being fired.SpongeBob: What's that, Gary? You need me? Oh, the unconditional love of a pet. (Gary gives a somewhat guilty look before showing SpongeBob his empty food bowl)... Oh, I'm sorry. Here I am wallowing in my own misery when it's past your dinner time.
- Which is then later one upped when, seeing that they are out of store bought snail food, he proceeds to make Gary some from scratch. It's a long, elaborate scene in which he gets out a bunch of fresh vegetables and cooks them, blends them, and then puts them in a tin can, even putting a label on the can. He opens the can with a can opener and pours the food in Gary's bowl. Gary loves the food, which leads to SpongeBob looking happy for the first time in the episode, prompting him to say, "What's that, Gary? You say this is the best food you've ever tasted?"
- Later, a bunch of people come into SpongeBob's house and they all like the food, too, and SpongeBob feels appreciated as a cook again.
- In the beginning, when SpongeBob is sitting inside his house crying because he lost his job, Patrick looks into his window... and starts crying, too. SpongeBob walks over to the window and asks him why he's crying, and Patrick says that he was crying because SpongeBob was crying, and it "made him sad." Awww...
- SQUIDWARD of all people saving SpongeBob and even admitting to him how much the Krusty Krab needs him. After everything he's put him through, too! Squidward, dude, you've won me back my heart.
- In "Squirrel Record", SpongeBob telling Sandy he wants her to stop trying to break dangerous records because he doesn't want to lose her.
- A small moment from "Yeti Krabs," when SpongeBob says that he and Squidward "are as close as brothers!" A cute statement, and possibly a callback to his "We're like brothers...only closer" line from the season 3 episode "Can You Spare A Dime."
- In "Tutor Sauce" Pearl asks Mr. Krabs for some money and he actually gives her some without any reluctance at all. It's a small thing, but with how greedy he's been in the past seasons, this is both surprising and sweet.
- Patrick's interactions with the kid with the broken foot in "What's Eating Patrick?" are adorable, especially when Patrick says that he is the one motivating him to win the competition. It's relatable to anyone who's met their longtime hero who's especially passionate about their fans. It's even more heartwarming when you consider the way Patrick had acted in past few seasons.
- In "The Sewers of Bikini Bottom", Squidward ends up joining SpongeBob in flushing stuff down the toilet and clearly has fun. It's actually quite touching to see Squidward join in on SpongeBob's antics instead of berating him for them.
- Quite a lot of "Two Thumbs Down" qualifies.
- Near the beginning, Squidward snarkily asks if SpongeBob has a thumbs up for him. SpongeBob says that he doesn't, and starts to walk away...before revealing that he has TWO thumbs up for Squidward. Squidward actually seems pleased (and a little confused) by this.
- Everyone shows sympathy for SpongeBob when his thumbs break. Squidward even offers to help him when his injured thumbs prove to make patty flipping impossible.
- Everyone giving SpongeBob a thumbs up at the end after he wins the thumb war with Patrick to get his job back.
- "Goodbye Krabby Patty?"
- Patrick and SpongeBob genuinely love and appreciate one another, going jellyfishing and shopping together. Even when Patrick becomes famous for advertising frozen patties, this doesn't change him at all (a breath of fresh air compared to previous episodes), and he fondly remembers the times before he was so overbooked and forced to hang out around rich people he doesn't even know, wishing things would go back to normal. And, at the end, he runs to SpongeBob and happily eats a freshly made patty he created, and even helps him make the patties after he reveals to the world that the frozen patties are bad for one's health.
- SpongeBob politely making everyone free patties after the frozen patties were recalled.
- "Whirly Brains"
- SpongeBob and Patrick give their Whirly Brain propellers to the Angry Old Timer, after he tearfully tells them how he was jealous and wanted to experience flight. The episode ends with him flying happily (the man has the propellers attached to his butt).
- Mrs. Puff and Mr. Krabs are apparently still dating — even after SpongeBob and Patrick startle them with a prank, they're still happy and their date isn't ruined.
- In "Mimic Madness", in addition to Sandy, Plankton, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward helping SpongeBob overcome his inability to remember who he is, Patrick takes great exception to Plankton and Squidward submitting that they kill SpongeBob.
- In "Snooze You Lose", Squidward collapses from exhaustion in SpongeBob's house. But SpongeBob quickly slides under him and shapes himself into a mattress. Patrick and Gary climb on top and fall asleep too. SpongeBob is perfectly fine with this.
- In "Krusty Katering", the birthday kid threatens Mr. Krabs to use fireworks on him if he doesn't get his birthday cake. Krabs quickly swipes them away saying that they are dangerous to play with. The kid then says that no one has ever cared enough to explain something like that to him and begins to see Mr. Krabs as his own father. He then hugs him, which Krabs seems to be okay with.
- Earlier in the episode, Krabs finds out Spongebob inadvertently stole a box of precious gems to "fancy up the food." Surprisingly, instead of taking the jewels for himself, Krabs tells Spongebob what he did was wrong and spends the rest of the episode trying to return the box. Glad to see that Mr. Krabs finally got his greed in check.
- In "Lost and Found", when the lost aged kids reunites with their parents.
- In Patricks Coupon not only does Squidward (of all people) stop Mr Krabs from swindling Patrick out of his free ice cream coupon, he outright calls Mr Krabs out on how dishonest and low it is to try, even for him.
- In "Mermaid Pants", when SpongeBob and Patrick show up at the Krusty Krab dressed as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, Mr. Krabs, of all people, reveals himself to be a closet comic book geek and closes down for the day just so he and a relucant Squidward can play with them.
- In "Out of the Picture", SpongeBob assisting Squidward with his deliveries, helping him when Mr. Krabs tries to harm him, and him and Squidward having a good laugh after an off-screen party with SpongeBob's friends from Rock Bottom.Squidward: Oh, get off of me.
SpongeBob: I'll never get off of you Squidward. Not until you're safe.
- SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Mrs. Puff, Squidward, Pearl, and Larry throwing a birthday party for Sandy in "Feral Friends".
- And while it does raise a few... questions about the canon, Sandy's friendship with French Narrator is very sweet, with him keeping a picture of her on his desk, and her even nicknaming him "Frenchie." Similarly, the French Narrator also seems to be good terms with Patchy and Potty, taking his time to warn them about Neptune's Sun.
- In "The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom", when the Flying Dutchman makes a remark about SpongeBob being a lousy friend by leaving Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Plankton, Gary, and Sandy to their fate, Patrick indignantly tells the Flying Dutchman that he can't talk about SpongeBob like that.
- In "Teacher's Pests", when Mrs. Puff tells Mr. Krabs and Plankton to follow SpongeBob's example, SpongeBob is touched by Mrs. Puff using him as an example of good driving and even comes over to hug her.
- In "Chatterbox Gary", when Gary can talk through a communicating device around his shell, he calls SpongeBob "PapaBob". Naturally SpongeBob is moved to tears.
- In "Moving Bubble Bass", while a very funny scene altogether, what with the over-the-top animation and Patrick's hilariously frightening Nightmare Face, in the scene where Bubble Bass reveals he ate the food he promised them, Patrick just snaps, saying things will get crazy if "my friend SpongeBob doesn't get his free lunch". Not "I get my free lunch." It's if SpongeBob doesn't get his free lunch. It's a small moment, but it shows how much Patrick cares about SpongeBob, and that SpongeBob's happiness is more important than his own, especially since he spent the entire episode obsessing over said free lunch.
- The end of "Squid Noir" has Squidward playing the clarinet at a jellyfish bar. He gets his happy ending here and all the jellyfish enjoy his music.
- It's a mostly silly episode, but "My Leg!" has the reveal that Fred keeps hurting his leg on purpose because he has a crush on his nurse and getting injured is a convenient excuse to keep visiting her. Probably not the best idea, but it's kind of sweet in a weird sort of way.
- The episode ends with Fred singing a heartwarming song about how he fell in love with the nurse, ending with the nurse carrying and kissing him. And do note that the nurse is a textbook example Lady Looks Like a Dude that SpongeBob and the others were all freaked out by her appearance. Fred just thinks she's an angel.
- In "Whale Watching", Squidward saving Pearl after she got beached and then bonding with her by getting back at the Jerkass Dylan (who convinced Pearl to sneak off to the beach party and abandoned her when she got beached).
- In "Appointment TV", after SpongeBob is unable to see the lost Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episode he's been so dying to see due to his friends using him for favors (causing his VCR to overload and his house to be set on fire) and becomes a depressed wreck, Sandy, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Gary, Plankton, Mrs. Puff, and Larry band together to create a Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy play to cheer SpongeBob up, which SpongeBob loves.
- "Karen's Virus" is full of heartwarming moments as Spongebob goes inside Karen to cure her of a computer virus and we get to see her inner world, all while Plankton tries to keep his wife (who the virus makes act loopy) safe in the real world.
- Karen's circuits do indeed have a Love Center, and it's a tunnel of love full of Planktons. To be fair, her anger control center is also flanked by Plankton statues...
- Karen's internal version of Plankton is muscular and heroic with a dashing grin. While it's implied to be how she wished he was, compared to how she sees everyone else (Krabs as a rich person only able to say "money", Squidward as a grumpy blob, and SpongeBob as an off-model loon) it's actually very flattering.
- SpongeBob solving the problem by giving the virus a patty instead of Karen's memory banks to eat.
- Despite their lack of interaction in previous episodes, the friendship between Sandy, Karen, and Mrs. Puff in Girls Night Out is really sweet.
- "SpongeBobs Big Birthday Blowout" may very well be one of the sweetest episodes in the whole franchise:
- Everyone, even Plankton, Bubble Bass, and Squidward, helping set up a surprise party for SpongeBob. Mr. Krabs, Mrs. Puff, and Bubble Bass want the party to be themed after what SpongeBob enjoys (fry cooking, driving, and Mermaid Man restively) and Sandy is very determined to make sure that everything comes together to make a party SpongeBob loves.
- Bubble Bass in particular stands out since unlike Plankton and Squidward, we have never seen him get along with SpongeBob. Further adding to this is that Bubble Bass wants the party to be Mermaid Man themed, showing he actually knows SpongeBob is a huge fan of the old superhero and they possibly may have bonded over similar interests.
- Even when SpongeBob and Patrick become responsible for much of the problems they go through; Rube and the bus riders remain totally friendly and cordial to them, at worse groaning in annoyance a few times. They are all also more than happy to sing SpongeBob happy birthday (though they don't get a chance due to all the chaos).
- Patrick saving SpongeBob at the Trusty Slab.
- By the time SpongeBob gets home, everyone has been waiting so long for him to arrive that they've all fallen fast asleep on SpongeBob's living room floor. But SpongeBob doesn't care. He's overjoyed that they took the time and effort to throw a surprise party for him. Plus as exhausted as they are, every single person there still gets up to happily sing SpongeBob his birthday song.
- Patchy the Pirate FINALLY meeting SpongeBob, including receiving a hug from the sea creature.
- All the Happy Birthday messages from the characters and guest stars.
- The last words on screen: Thank You Steve Hillenburg!
- When Sandy tries to distract everyone with dancing, its quite adorable to see Mr. Krabs and Pearl, Plankton and Karen, and SpongeBobs parents dancing with each other.
- Everyone, even Plankton, Bubble Bass, and Squidward, helping set up a surprise party for SpongeBob. Mr. Krabs, Mrs. Puff, and Bubble Bass want the party to be themed after what SpongeBob enjoys (fry cooking, driving, and Mermaid Man restively) and Sandy is very determined to make sure that everything comes together to make a party SpongeBob loves.
- "Karen's Baby" is also an overall very heartwarming episode.
Plankton: Get away from my son!
- Karen raises her son child Chip lovingly and we even see she invited SpongeBob to the baby shower.
- Plankton, who through the episode has been adamant against accepting Chip and even tricked him into running away, eventually comes to love Chip as his son. This culminates in him going full Papa Wolf when Chip is in trouble.
- When Plankton's rescue attempt fails and he gets into trouble, Chip shows his own love and makes a weapon out of an ice cream machine to save his dad. His first word also ends up being "Father", which Plankton is overjoyed to hear.
- The ending, which rivals "Plankton's Pet" in overall wholesomeness: Chip declares that he is going to college, causing his parents to burst into Tears of Joy. When Chip gets a job as an ATM, we see both Karen and Plankton are still vigilantly continuing to keep an eye on him. Then we see Chip troll the crap out of Mr. Krabs. Plankton is very pleased.
- In "Not So Great Expectations", SpongeBob invites Squidward to a theme park called Blockville, and Squidward only agrees to go so he can secretly relish SpongeBob's disappointment. It is indeed an awful theme park. The staff are rude, all the rides are closed except for one that breaks, and they're all out of confectionary. But SpongeBob has the time of his life and at the end he explains why: because he gets to spend the day with his friend. Squidward is so touched by this that he's moved to tears.
- In one comic, SpongeBob shows off his shellphone to Squidward, which drives the latter nuts and finally causes him to smash his phone in frustration. SpongeBob feels bad and offers his own. The feeling doesn't last long but Squidward appears to be genuinely grateful for the gesture.
- "Calls in the Wild" ends with a clarinet duet between Squidward and the Mulligor.
- SpongeBob squeeing over the adorable little krill who had found his way into his home. It's also very sweet when he agrees to re-unite the krill with his family... even if it happens to be a krill mound in the Krusty Krab.
- SpongeBob sticking up for Sandy when her species is misrepresented in a "landquarium".
- In "Great Grandma", Squidward gets along remarkably well with SpongeBob's grandmother. She compliments his dancing and his art, and when he tries to visit her again, he notices in the window that she's painting a portrait of him.
- "Untidaled" has plenty of heartwarming moments involving Pearl in the final part:
Pearl: Don't worry about me, daddy!
- Pearl tells Mr. Krabs not to worry about her when the kraken tries to make an offer with him in exchange for Pearl's freedom.
Mr. Krabs: I won't, sweet baby!
Mr. Krabs: I mean, I will! I WILL!
Plankton: Don't you get it, you chitinous cretin?! You were supposed to go with her!! What kind of father doesn't want to hear the musical call of his own offspring? How could I know you'd be such a colossal jerk!?
- Plankton reveals why he devised the plan that started the arc in the first place: He only planned the whole singing contest to distract Mr. Krabs so that he could steal the formula, because he thought Krabs cared about Pearl enough to leave the formula unguarded.
SpongeBob: I've already got a daddy, but if I could have more, I'd want the third or fourth one to be just like you, only more thoughtful!
- SpongeBob gives Mr. Krabs a heartwarming speech on how he sees Mr. Krabs as a father figure.
Mr. Krabs: Ahhh, Pearl don't want nothin' to do with an old hard-shell like me.
SpongeBob: Then give her a reason to.
SpongeBob: Aww, don't worry about it, Mr. Krabs. It won't cost you anything! I've been saving my tips for some new windows.
- "A DADDY'S LOVE FER HIS DAUGHTER!
- Plankton of all people rescues Pearl. The reason? He needed the "redemption."
- The ending is one big Heartwarming Moment. A few days after things are returned to normal, Mr. Krabs holds a concert starring Pearl. She ends up breaking the window behind her when she starts singing, leaving Krabs in tears.
Mr. Krabs: That ain't why I'm cryin', boy.
- Squidward's apology to SpongeBob in "The Liar!" for not believing that he met a movie star.Squidward: You're an idiot, but you're an honest idiot.
- The ending of "Peace 'N Quiet": A fish yells a question at an exhausted Squidward: How much is the blanket SpongeBob sold his stuff on? Squidward collapses, and SpongeBob uses it as a Comforting Comforter to put over the octopus.SpongeBob: I'm sorry, sir. It's not for sale.
- The end of the song "Where's Gary" (on the Best Day Ever album) in which SpongeBob and Gary are reunited in the end.
- Several evangelical Christian groups in America criticized the show for advocating homosexuality after a music video featuring SpongeBob was supported by the We Are Family Foundation (coincidence), an organization dedicated to mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation of cultural diversity - which shares its name with a similar organization that supports gay rights. Although Stephen Hillenburg said SpongeBob was asexual, John H. Thomas, the United Church of Christ's general minister and president, said the United Church would welcome SpongeBob into their ministry:"Jesus didn't turn people away. Neither do we."
- Ernest Borgnine, who has voiced Mermaid Man since season one, passed away in 2012. What did Nick do? They ran a completely un-advertised Mermaid Man marathon, with every episode from the original "Mermaid Man" to the final "Mermaid Man Begins," in his honor.
- Additionally, the second SpongeBob movie, Sponge Out of Water had the superhero gimmick as a homage to Borgnine's work as Mermaid Man. The film is even dedicated to Borgnine at the end of the credits.
- After David Bowie's death, Nickelodeon put up a clip of his guest appearance in "Atlantis Squarepantis" on the front of the SpongeBob homepage.
- In the book "Camp SpongeBob," the little flashbacks of kid SpongeBob spending summer time with his grandma—she teaches him how to knit sweaters and they make cookies together. They both look so happy!
- After the death of Squidward's German voice actor, Eberhard Prüter, the German Spongepedia briefly put a tribute to him on their website, that loosely translated to, "Thank you very much for making something good out of Squidward's bad mood."
- Then, Nickelodeon posted Joachim Kaps and Tobias Lelle's auditions online so that the public decided who should be his new German voice (they chose Joachim Kaps). No other character whose original German voice actor had died recieved this treatment. That shows how beloved Squidward is by the fans.
- In the iOS/Android game for Sponge Out of Water, if you get a Game Over SpongeBob has many different lines that he'll say in no particular order. One of these lines is him asking the player to tell Sandy that he loves her. It's just a really sweet thing to hear. Listen to it here.
- In the online game Dancin' Tentacles, the goal of the game is to play as SpongeBob and protect Squidward from being hit by items in the crowd. It's oddly sweet, in a way, watching Squidward looking happy and dancing to his heart's content, without any idea that the crowd hates him or that SpongeBob is trying to save him from being humiliated.
- This video by YouTube creator EmperorLemon, which explains why the series first three seasons are so popular: and reminding us all of how important it is to balance out our adult selves with our young, childish optimism without letting either one take over entirely.
- Following Stephen Hillenburg's death, fans of the show came together to pay respects, even those who hadn't watched the show in ages. Other cartoon creators also paid respects, as well as Nickelodeon themselves. Even Cartoon Network paid respects.
- Five months after his passing, a special memorial ceremony for Stephen Hillenburg was held at Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank, California. During the ceremony, they brought out Tom Kenny (voice of Spongebob) to perform an emotional rendition of "The Best Day Ever" with The Hi-Seas. The tribute also doubles as a Tear Jerker since the keyboardist is crying while peforming the song.
- Nickelodeon's own tribute to Hillenburg consisted of various heartwarming clips from various episodes of the show; rather notably, all but two or three of these clips came from the show's first three seasons, the ones that Hillenburg was most personally involved in; even one of the post-2004 clips is taken from the tenth season, which was the first one to feature Hillenburg since season three. Putting aside criticisms of the post-movie episodes, the fact that Nickelodeon's tribute focused almost entirely on Hillenburg's own contributions to the show speaks volumes.
- Wendel Bezerra (SpongeBob's Brazilian voice actor) did his own tribute to Stephen.
- Clancy Brown's tweet.My moment of silence had to be at least a whole day.
Steve's passing is so very sad but ALS is brutal, unrelenting.
He was a sweet, humble dude. Happy. Funny. In love with his family. A faithful friend. A pure heart
He is also a legitimate genius.
He never thought so, but I do.
- In the wake of Hillenburg's passing, a petition was started to have Sweet Victory played at the Super Bowl's halftime show. It garnered major media attention and the stadium that hosted the 2019 Super Bowl began hinting at something Spongebob-related during the halftime. While this unfortunately led to a Negated Moment of Awesome (a new animation was created for the event, but the song wasn't played in full), an NHL team, the Dallas Stars, got the hint to play a modified version of the original clip at the end of the second intermission the day after the Super Bowl, touting it as the halftime show fans deserved. Even NASCAR followed with their own tribute two weeks later.