Oh, how we love this show for all the Parental Bonuses and sneaking some questionable content into the show. Guess what other show known for adult content had a lot of the same crew... For the radar for the movie, see here.
Before you add an example, ask yourself the following: "Am I purposely taking a quote out of context?" "Am I reading way too deeply into an innocent joke?" "Is the 'hidden' joke the only joke?" If you answer yes to any, that's not this trope.
- In "Fools in April," while Squidward is trying and failing to make an apology to SpongeBob, his head briefly turns into a donkey's, braying noises and all.
- From the same episode, the fish that asks for ice in his drink panics when it becomes clear SpongeBob tampered with his drink, certainly thinking that his drink was spiked or poisoned.
- In "Karate Choppers", Spongebob and Sandy's obsession with karate is played like a metaphor for sex addiction. It gets to the point where Spongebob can't focus at work because all he can think about is doing karate with Sandy. When the two try to do other activities, they start having withdrawals. Once they give in, Spongebob, laying back, sarcastically wonders if Mr. Krabs ever does karate.
- At the beginning of the episode "Your Shoe's Untied," SpongeBob is watching a TV show with a live-action orange sea anemone gyrating to energetic go-go dancer-style music, which he finds "entertaining" (leaning forward eagerly in his seat at one point). Suddenly, Gary walks in on SB, who panics and changes the channel to a football game, unconvincingly stammering "I-I-I-I was just looking for the sports channel, Gary..."
- In "Dying for Pie", SpongeBob performs open heart surgery on Squidward for some reason. When he pokes Squidward's heart, blood starts squirting out of it.
- What's even more jarring about this was when this episode first premiered, the show had a TV-Y rating.note
- From Bubble Buddy:
- In the brief montage in "Grandma's Kisses" of times that Patrick has been wrong, the final shot is of SpongeBob and Patrick wearing g-strings on the beach.
- In "Something Smells", SpongeBob yells "I'm ugly and I'm proud!"Squidward: Is THAT what he calls it?
- In "Christmas Who?," as Squidward mocks SpongeBob for celebrating Christmas, a picture of a donkey shows up as the scene plays. It appears again after Squidward realizes the error of his ways.Squidward: I feel like a... I feel like a...! (image of donkey shows up over his face, complete with "heehaw" sound effects)... big jerk!
- At the end of "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic," the other Jellyspotters take Kevin C. Cucumber's "crown" and give it to SpongeBob, who exclaims "I didn't know this was a hat!" A tearful Kevin responds "It wasn't." While this brutal mutilation is already questionable enough, in real life, a sea cucumber's "crown" corresponds to its anus and external genitals, among other things. Being a marine biologist, Stephen Hillenburg undoubtedly knew this.
- In "The Smoking Peanut," Sandy's response to SpongeBob running off, exclaiming that he has to go get his hair cut.Sandy: SpongeBob doesn't have hair...(pause with a disgusted look)...or does he?
- In "Gary Takes a Bath," as SpongeBob hands Gary some bars of soap which he claims are "doubloons", he tells him: "Don't drop 'em!"
- In "Squid on Strike", when Squidward says they've been cheated and lied to, an elderly female fish says, "I knew it" and slaps her husband.
- In "Procrastination," there was a scene where SpongeBob looks out the window and sees his friends having fun, and at one point it shows Patrick rubbing sun tan lotion on Sandy's back while Patrick happily shouts "Come on, SpongeBob!", but SpongeBob only quietly leaves the window. This scene was never shown again in syndication for unknown reasons, but some say it was because it looked like Patrick was trying to take Sandy's bikini top off.
- Tom Kenny alleges that during the infamous "Sailor Mouth," the cast actually swore, since they knew their lines would be bleeped out in post anyway. The lip-sync definitely lends credence to his claims.
- "Yessir, that's Bad Word #11! In fact, there are thirteen bad words." "I thought there were only seven?" "Not if you're a sailor!"
- In "Band Geeks", after an upset Squidward storms out of the band practice, SpongeBob asks Larry the Lobster, "When your heart gave out after you used too many tanning pills, who revived you?" To which he replies, "Some guy in an ambulance." In other words, Larry suffered a drug overdose and had to be revived.
- In "The Secret Box," SpongeBob disguises himself as a burglar by using a pair of pantyhose as a mask. As he slips it on, his head briefly takes on that of a woman's leg.
- In "The Algae's Always Greener," Plankton mentions the only thing he's ever reviewed were "foreign exercise videos" his cousin sent him.
Plankton: No more intrusions! I'd like to begin writing the memoirs of my success story, so everyone just stay the *ground shakes*Pearl: Daddy! DADDY!
- Not to mention, Plankton's less-than-subtle Curse Cut Short:
- This exchange from the episode "Sponge Guard on Duty"Patrick Being a lifeguard is so dumb! All they do is blow, blow, blow on their stupid whistles, rub, rub, rub that white stuff on their noses and show off their gross misshapen bodies![A fish walks up seeing Patrick's belly bulge out over his shorts]
Fish: Dude, put that thing away! There are, like, children here!
- In the beginning of "The Bully," SpongeBob is seen constantly rearranging his pencils. When he asks a student where one pencil goes, she says "I think it goes stuck inside your-."
- In "My Pretty Seahorse" a fish called Scooter tries to insert a coin into a real seahorse that he thinks is a kiddie ride. "I can't find the coin slot... here it is!" Or, considering that Mystery is a girl...
- In "Snowball Effect," when it is showcasing snow sculptures, there is a flat-chested snow mermaid. Right next to it, there are two grinning boys that are each holding a very large snowball.
- In "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve," when SpongeBob and Patrick are on a walk with the scallop, they walk past a couple with a baby. Thought bubbles appear, with the equation "Sponge + Starfish = Scallop?" with the woman making a confused face.
- In "Party Pooper Pants," SpongeBob walks past the grog aisle. That's right, the liquor section.
- From the same episode, during one of the live action segments, there is a brief moment with a well-endowed women made up to look like a figurehead from the bow of a ship. A wooden sea captain slides across the floor with his eyes clearly pointed at her cleavage. Her smile quickly turns into a frown.
- In "Chocolate With Nuts," SpongeBob and Patrick are lamenting their inability to make any sales.Patrick: I got it! Let's get naked!
SpongeBob: No, let's save that for when we're selling real estate.
Patrick: *reading billboard* "Eat Barnacle Chips. They're delicious."
- From the same episode:
SpongeBob: They are most certainly not delicious!
Patrick: Not the way I use 'em!
- In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V," The Chief says that Barnacle Boy's group of villains is tormenting kids in Make-Out Reef.Squidward: Ahhhh, Make-Out Reef. Good times, good times.
- One of the teens at Make-Out Reef is shown making out with a pillow. Made Hilarious in Hindsight with the advent of the dakimakura.
- Also in that episode, Mermaid Man is telling everyone how superheroes get their powers from costumes. Then we get this:Mermaid Man: Sure! Power's all in the costume. Why else would we run around in colored undies?
Squidward: (smirking) I can think of three good reasons.
- "Clams" has Mr. Krabs constantly rubbing his dollar in between his legs and behind.SpongeBob: What's wrong with Mr. Krabs?
Mr. Krabs: Nothing, lad! *holds up dollar* Do you know what this is?
Squidward: A very dirty dollar?
- In "Mid-Life Crustacean," where Mr. Krabs wants to feel young again, he leaps into what he believes is a nightclub yelling "Any port in a storm!"
- "The Sponge Who Could Fly" has SpongeBob misinterpreting a prank phone call:SpongeBob: Who is this? Joe Mama? Well, I hate to break it to you, Joe!
- In "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler," there are two blink-and-you'll-miss-it shots of Squidward dancing with a lampshade on his head during a party. He also seems unusually happy in that episode whenever you see him, especially since he's happy to go to SpongeBob's party, which he normally would never do.
- Not to mention the fact that the Tattletale Strangler is apparently a Serial Killer.
- At the end of "Pranks a Lot," Mr. Krabs calls SpongeBob and Patrick "Live Nude Pranksters" after somehow gathering a bunch of other fish into the Krusty Krab. Patrick and SpongeBob then cover each others' butts and crotches as the crowd of fish cheered. HOLY SHRIMP! Not to mention the wolf whistle near the end and Mrs. Puff taking pictures to further SpongeBob and Patrick's humiliation.
- In "Shell of a Man," SpongeBob is offered grog and accepts it. Grog is a form of watered down rum.
- In an example far more explicit than the infamous "One Coarse Meal" (though maybe not more so than "Are You Happy Now?"), a guard in "Dunces and Dragons" turns his spear on himself, clearly intending to stab himself in the throat. He decides not to, saying "Someday, but not today."
- In "Ghost Host," the Flying Dutchman is seen hitting on a female fish at a party. She eyes him skeptically and asks him "Is that a wedding ring?!"
- There would've been a follow-up to this, with the girl asking "When will you return," and the Dutchman replying "When you least expect it baby!." Though the scene was ultimately scrapped probably because they didn't want to get too sneaky.
- In "Karate Island," SpongeBob is tied to a chair, and Udon reaches into his robe, grasping something that makes a clicking noise. It turns out to be a pen, but SpongeBob's reaction makes it clear he thought it was a gun.
- One of Udon't minions is a French fish called The Tickler.note
- Let's not forget the part where Sandy faces off against Udon and expands her oh-so giant muscles, while wearing nothing but her casual bikini.
- In "Squidtastic Voyage," Squidward accidentally swallows his clarinet. SpongeBob tries to help him and we get a shot of a mother and son walking past Squidward's house. All you can hear are sounds of SpongeBob grunting and Squidward making choking noises, and the mother covers her son's ears and looks disgusted.
- In "Rule of Dumb," a royal minister informs Patrick he's the heir to the throne. He then shows him a paper depicting Patrick's family tree, and casually makes reference to "inbred generations." You read that right. Patrick has incest in his family tree!
- On the same paper, you can see two princes who married and had/adopted a son. Keep in mind this episode aired in 2007, when gay couples were still taboo in children's media.
- In "Spy Buddies", When Plankton is about to attack, Squidward calls it "That time of the Month".
- SpongeBob calls Mr. Krabs on Patrick's "Pant-a-Phone" (where he talks to Patrick's butt). After the phone call ends, an automatic voice says "If you'd like to make another call, please deposit 25 cents". SpongeBob takes out a quarter and Patrick smiles.
- In "The Krusty Sponge," SpongeBob, who thinks the Krusty Sponge is being attacked by zombies, pounds on Mr. Krabs' office door. Mr. Krabs then says "Uh, go away please, I'm busy." For any older fan of the show, it could have been implied that Krabs was on A Date with Rosie Palms, especially since Krabs turned out to be bathing in money.
- "The Donut of Shame" has SpongeBob and Patrick looking very inebriated at Patrick's birthday party.
- In "Blackened Sponge," one of SpongeBob's stories about Jack M. Crazyfish has the villain sporting a massive cold sore on his lip. In other words, he has herpes.
- In "20,000 Patties Under The Sea":SpongeBob: BYE SQUIDWARD! BYE MR. KRABS! (seductively) Bye, Squidward.
Patrick: You said 'Bye, Squidward' twice.
SpongeBob (remaining somewhat seductive): I like Squidward.
- In "The Two Faces of Squidward," Squidward gets hit on to the point where it becomes stalking and harassment because he's handsome. Mr. Krabs attempts to objectify him for profit.Mr. Krabs: Don't worry folks, there's plenty of Squidward to go around! For a small fee of $14.98 per person, everyone will get the opportunity to touch Squidward!
- During a scene in "Slide Whistle Stooges," Squidward is called a "baby assaulter." Then if you listen closely, one of the background characters shouts to him "Go assault your own baby!"
- In "Overbooked," when SpongeBob tries to get Patrick a birthday cake, the cake he gets has "Sorry about the scabies" written on it in frosting.
- In "Stuck in the Wringer," SpongeBob drops his bar of soap and screams as it slowly falls to the floor.
- In "Model Sponge," SpongeBob passes an audition, though what it's for is unclear. When he gets on set, the first thing the director tells him is to "lose the pants."
- How they got Plankton's attempted suicide in "One Coarse Meal" past standards we'll never know.Plankton: Can't you see I'm trying to get run over!
- In "The Hot Shot," three boating school students, two male and one female, ask Tony Fast, Jr. to sign their stuff. The first male fish asks Tony, Jr. to sign his lunchbox and the second one asks him to sign his steering wheel, but the female boating school student is cut off before she explains what she wants Tony Jr. to sign and isn't shown holding anything, which infers that she wants him to sign her breasts.
- In "Squidward's School for Grown Ups," SpongeBob, while preparing for an opera, pulls out a note with a familiar intro, which he proceeds to read to the audience:SpongeBob: There once was a man from Nantucket...
- In "Mermaid Man Begins", Mermaid Man dials a payphone and asks "What are you wearing?"
- In "Are You Happy Now?" SpongeBob tries to make Squidward happy by doing various activities to no avail. Eventually Squidward goes into a depression and refuses to leave his house. At one point, he throws a rope up into the air hanging it while muttering that perhaps "this would make him happy" as if to signify... Oh No! Turns out he was just hanging up a cage with a pet scallop inside.
- Right before he sticks his head in the oven... and pulls out some brownies.
- Karen 2 from the episode "Karen 2.0" has a noticeably shapelier body than the original Karen, which is even commented on when Plankton describes Karen 2 as having "a sleek space-age design" while his new computer wife poses provocatively. At the end of the episode, when Plankton uses Karen 2's battery to restore power to the original Karen, the battery is located in Karen 2's rear.
- In "Demolition Doofus," Mrs. Puff will do anything to get SpongeBob killed, because he mutilated her. They weren't being sneaky about it, either. At one point, she angrily shouts "Why are you still alive!?"
- In "Little Yellow Book", SpongeBob says "I need a break" and goes outside and starts blowing bubbles. The way he does this is very similar to smoking.
- A very nice one in "Married to Money." Mr. Krabs falls in love with Cashina, who is a wad of money with a face. He later plans to marry her, putting SpongeBob in charge of the wedding. He gives SpongeBob one dollar for the budget.SpongeBob: Mr. Krabs, I am gonna stretch this dollar 'til it begs for mercy! ...No disrespect to your new bride.
- At the end of "Sanctuary!" Bob Barnacle, a stand-in for Bob Barker who is even voiced by him, tells SpongeBob to remember to spay and neuter his pets.
- When SpongeBob first walks through the Krusty Krab with his new long pants in "SpongeBob LongPants," a child points at him and asks his mother if he is his father. The mother replies by giving a lustful look at SpongeBob and saying "I wish."
- In a similar example to "The Hot Shot," back in Season 8, "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?" has a scene where the now famous Patrick is handing out autographs, including to a woman who isn't holding any paper. The kicker? We actually see him signing her chest.
- In "Burst Your Bubble," SpongeBob is sadly walking along, when he passes by Mr. Krabs at his own boat... washing it with his behind in a risque manner. You have to wonder if the censors were asleep that day.
- In "The Getaway", Mrs. Puff has a romantic fling with a getaway driver, by the name of Dorsal Dan (played by Steve Buscemi). While they're in a car together, he tickles her foot, which greatly arouses her. It gets more inappropriate when you realize feet are among the most common sexual fetishes.
- In "Out of the Picture", the art expert mimes hanging himself when explaining that Squidward's paintings would be worth more if he was dead, which is pretty dark for a kid's cartoon.
- "Code Yellow" has SpongeBob's performing surgery on Squidward get pretty graphic at times. We see Squidward's heart fly up into the air at one point, some Black Comedy when SpongeBob chops Squidward into sushi, and accidentally chopping off his head off-screen.
- In "Teacher's Pests", Plankton insults Krabs by telling him to "get bent". How in the high hell did they get away with that?!
- In "Grandmum's The Word," when Plankton's grandmother is getting away with the formula and Plankton is barely holding on to it, she kicks Plankton, causing him to fall. He lands on a ketchup packet, causing ketchup to splatter everywhere, making it look like he violently splattered on the ground.
- The beginning of the episode is very suggestive; lit candles, rose petals, bath, Plankton's romantic alter ego Ray-Ray... it's hard to look at this scene and not find it sexually loaded. The fact that Karen is a literal computer alleviates this a lot, and is probably why the writers got away with it.
- In "Shopping List", SpongeBob finds a picture of a dollar with a bikini on it on the back of the eponymous list. Complete with a wolf whistle.
- "Krusty Kleaners" managed to get away with a suicide joke in the form of SpongeBob committing seppuku by using his spatula about halfway through the episode.
- This... Dear God almighty...ChefBob: Get a load of him, folks! He must've been born on a highway, because that's where most accidents happen!
- In "Goons on the Moon," while Sandy is doing the "one last check on supplies" SpongeBob first pulls some innocent stuff, like a six pack of fizz bombs, bubble wand, and then... a "mesh tank top." He also flutters his eyelashes and makes a suggestive cat-like noise.SpongeBob: Six-pack of fizz bomb cola! Bubble wand! *blows bubble* Mesh tank top... me-ooow...
- "Karen's Virus" has the infamous scene where Karen acts like a drunk while under the influence of the virus and flirts with Mr. Krabs' cash register. What really pushes it over the top is Krabs' response: he snatches the register from her hands, shouting "Don't break up our happy home!", then he tells the register "I forgive you, baby!" and gives it a smooch before taking it into the office with him and shutting the door. Plankton is suitably mortified.Plankton: Wow, I can never unsee THAT.
- Mr. Krabs makes Squidward wear a bridle and pretend to be a horse, leading to this suggestive exchange:Mr. Krabs: Hey, get your mule away from my show pony! This here's a Thoroughbred.
Squidward: Huh? *Mr. Krabs lifts him up*
Mr. Krabs: Look at that flank. *stretches Squidward forward* Get a load of those locks. Not to mention that loin, eh?
Squidward: (smirking) Oh, yeah. I'm a real stud.
- "SpongeBob in RandomLand" contains a reference to the infamous Red Mist creepypasta, with Squidward opening a door only to be jump scared by an image of a less bloody version of the iconic Red Mist Squidward thumbnail. Oh, and instead of blood, the dark glow around his eyes is also dripping from his eyes, implying that he's bleeding ink instead. Unfortunately, it didn't get past the radar for long as the image was soon replaced with an image of a baby Squidward crapping his diaper. However, the original Red Mist version is still airing in Canada.
- The Gemini episode of "Astrology with Squidward" mentions Gemini's moon is in Uranus, and adds 'So, you smell funny.'