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  • Any time someone used "fish sticks" as an Unusual Euphemism.
  • In the movie, SpongeBob and Patrick stop a monster from eating them by hamboning.
  • C.H. Greenblatt was one of the writers of the show before leaving for Cartoon Network for his own show, eventually, he writes for a show with a fish-based premise.
  • In the episode "SB-129" where Squidward went to the future, Spongetron says that "everything is chrome in the future". Google Chrome seems pretty popular nowadays.
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  • In the Hall Monitor episode, Patrick described the Maniac as just standing around 'menacingly!! Compare this to a Humanoid Abomination known for being scary just for standing around.
  • In "Squidtastic Voyage", Patrick thinks that the world growing is more likely than the sub he and Spongebob are in shrinking. Well, in an episode of Phineas and Ferb, the Reset Button of Baljeet's watermelon (and Candace) being 50 feet tall is pressed via a gas that makes everything grow 50 times their normal size affecting the universe.
  • In "Hooky", SpongeBob panics over the thought of being sold in a gift shop. Guess what happened in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • Remember the "Texas is Stupid" mocking to Sandy? Well there is now a show called Motorcity that has an idiotic character named Texas, who is a Genius Ditz at best.
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  • Dee Bradley Baker voices various fish characters and minor characters. One of his most famous roles would later be a talking fish.
  • In "Sandy's Rocket", when SpongeBob tries to convince Sandy that there are aliens on the moon, his "evidence" of aliens' existence consists of cowlicks, ninety-nine cent stores, and Atlantis. Four seasons later, in "Atlantis SquarePantis", he and Sandy, and a few others, would later visit Atlantis, and the people there are an alien race that traveled to Earth to protect a bubble.
  • "Party Pooper Pants": "Well, well, well. What do we have here? A burglar bunny!" Sounds like an awful accurate description of Nabbit.
  • In "Can You Spare A Dime?", Squidward justifies quitting his job at the Krusty Krab by stating that he can be anything he wants, like "a football player, or a king, or a spaceman". Spongebob answers by combining all three suggestions into "a football-playing king in space", which would later come to be a pretty accurate description of one Shun Daimonji.
    • And you can also add Super Mario Odyssey to the list, given how you can A) mix and match costume parts, B) acquire a football player costume in the Moon Kingdom and a king costume in Dark Side, and C) actually go to space. This setup has the bonus of also including Spongebob's extra "With a mustache!" characteristic.
  • Speaking of Kamen Rider, in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V", an organization called "E.V.I.L" exists - which stands for "Every Villain Is Lemons". Did they predict Ryoma Sengoku/Kamen Rider Duke?
    • Also in that episode, a fish can be seen kissing a pillow. This was before dakimakuras were a thing.
  • In "Dunces and Dragons," Sandy's ancestor is known as "The Dark Knight".
  • In "As Seen on TV," Mr. Krabs questions the second Krusty Krab that Squidward is using in the commercial.
  • In "Wet Painters", SpongeBob and Patrick are misled by Squidward to believe that hurting themselves will attract customers. In "No Hat for Pat", Patrick hurting himself actually turns out to be what attracts customers.
  • The episode "I'm with Stupid" has a Twist Ending: Patrick's "parents" are not actually his parents. The M. Night Shyamalan movie The Visit has a similar plot twist.
  • There was a short for Nickelodeon's "Ha Ha Holidays" block from the early 2000's called Patrick the Snowman that also served as a crossover between this show, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The Wild Thornberrys; a few years later, The Legend of Frosty the Snowman would not only feature voice actors who worked on one or more of these shows but Patrick's voice actor (Bill Fagerbakke) played the part of Frosty himself! With the same voice!
  • In the episode "Krab Borg", one of the ways to tell if someone is a robot is to use love, because according to Spongebob, robots can't love. 6 years later...
  • When SpongeBob was thinking up of ideas for a substitute friend in "Bubble Buddy," one of them was "Stick Buddy." Prior to Italy, Germany's only friend was a stick.
  • In "Pickles," Spongebob completely fails to sleep on a bed properly and chooses to sleep in between the mattress and bed frame at first just like how Josuke Higashikata from Jojolion does early on.
  • In "The Idiot Box", Spongebob makes a rainbow between his hands as he says the word "Imagination". Kind of reminiscent of Ressha Sentai ToQger and it's Rainbow Line fueled by imagination. They even use the English word instead of the Japanese for "imagination"!
  • At the beginning of "The Slumber Party", Pearl yells "UNACCEPTABLE!".
  • "Sponge Guard On Duty": "I'm not just ready, I'm ready Freddy."
  • Patrick's line of "You're gonna miss the panty raid." in the episode Mid-Life Crustacean. It was already a funny Getting Crap Past the Radar moment to begin with, but then the Senran Kagura series comes out several years later which has an online mode that includes literal panty raids. Some fans of the series even used Patrick's exact line as a way to welcome players into an online match.
  • In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II", Mermaid Man's speech to Barnacle Boy after the latter berates Spongebob. Some of the words being "Don't squash his enthusiasm. After all, he could be the hero of tomorrow, or the villain." Sound familiar?!
  • This image from "Just One Bite" is a lot funnier due to the circumstances surrounding the McChicken video.
  • The scene in "I Had an Accident" where a gorilla threateningly picks up SpongeBob seems to have gotten more popular after what happened with Harambe in the Cincinnati Zoo.
  • Patrick's memetic "Is mayonnaise an instrument?" line in "Band Geeks" was just a way of showing how dumb Patrick is when the episode aired. Along comes Makey Makey in the mid 2010's. Now mayonnaise CAN be an instrument!
  • In "Club SpongeBob", SpongeBob suggests Squidward consult the magic conch about what food to eat, to which Squidward mockingly replies "Right after I consult the magic toenail". Three seasons later, a toenail magically appears on Squidward's foot to be grotesquely peeled off by SpongeBob in "House Fancy".
  • The episode "Best Day Ever" ended with SpongeBob and friends singing the song of the same name as part of a stage performance. Years later, the song would be featured in The SpongeBob Musical.
  • A character with a lonely house life has a holographic "meal" prepared for him by his AI wife. Are we talking about Plankton and Karen, or Officer K and Joi?
  • This certainly would not be the last time Tom Kenny would voice a character that took care of a Gary who liked eating cookies.
  • The premise of "Krusty Dogs" involves the Krusty Krab getting a new menu item and changing its name. In Summer 2018, IHOP temporarily did the same, changing their name to "IHOb" to promote their new "Ultimate Steakburgers" (though unlike the Krusty Krab, they did not remove their signature menu item).
  • SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies 2018 involved the entire Mermaid Man Rogues Gallery coming together. Did United Plankton Pictures just predict Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?
  • The episode "Boating School" had Patrick reading SpongeBob's diary and laughing. Soon, the entire town of Bikini Bottom (sans Mr Krabs) would end up doing just that in "Little Yellow Book".
  • How does Squidward enter the world of clarinets in "Squidward in Clarinetland"? Crawling through a small door.
  • In the episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III," Man Ray uses a gauntlet-shaped weapon to turn Spongebob and Patrick into piles of ash.
  • In WhoBob WhatPants, Spongebob becomes mayor of New Kelp City. Nine years later, SpongeBob SquarePants joined the likes of Big Bird, Capn Crunch, Daffy Duck, Donald Duck, Jon Snow, Wonder Woman, and Yoda in getting one write-in vote for Mayor of New York City.
  • In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture", Spongebob, Patrick are horrified of the heroes in the Mermaid Man movie being potrayed by "actors". Fast forward a decade and a half later, and Spongebob is adapted into a Broadway musical, starring real-life "actors".
  • What was the first thing we see Squidward do in the first episode? Removing graffiti of himself with the caption "Loser".
  • Episodes with rocks that move on their own seems to be Rule of Funny at first but many years later in real life, there is a phenomenon known as the sailing stones, which is pretty much what you expect.
  • Plankton's snarking about never having children in "CopyBob DittoPants" became even more hilarious after he and Karen actually had a (robotic) child called Chip in "Karen's Baby".
  • In "No Weenies Allowed," the mascot of Weenie Hut Jr's looks exactly like Frank.
  • Karen's name, by itself, would just be an Unfortunate Name in relation to the "Karen" stereotype, except it becomes this with the fact that she's married to a manager.

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