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  • In Alvin and the Chipmunks, when Dave arrives home from work after finding out the Chipmunks drew on his presentation boards, the Chipmunks can be seen watching the episode, "Have You Seen This Snail?". The opening theme is also heard twice.note 
  • In the movie Are We There Yet?, a man says he has no SpongeBob dolls in his store.
  • In Clifford the Big Red Dog, Owen uses a SpongeBob SquarePants flash drive at one point.
  • In the movie Cloverfield, the episode "Musclebob Buffpants" can be seen on a TV at a store.
  • In It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Whoopi Goldberg says that Daniel is "just lucky" that SpongeBob isn't on now.
  • In the beginning of the film Ted, Ted and John watch the episode "Procrastination" on TV while smoking marijuana.
  • In Zathura, Danny and Walter fight over watching SpongeBob (particularly the "It's a giraffe!" scene from "Bubblestand") and SportsCenter. The episode on the TV is "Bubblestand".
  • In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony Stark addresses Ebony Maw as "Squidward." This could debatably count as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment considering how Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the show died a few months after the film came out.
  • In Pet Sematary (2019), Gage and Ellie watch the episode "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost" of the show. This of course fits in with the theme of the dead coming back to life just like with said episode. Bonus points to the film also being made by Paramount Pictures (the sister company of Nickelodeon) and for Mr Krabs’s voice actor Clancy Brown previously appearing in Pet Sematary Two.
  • In Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, a child wears a Spongebob backpack.
  • In the The Karate Kid (2010), Dre turns on the TV that features a clip from the episode "Mermaidman and Barnacleboy III". The clip shown was in Chinese (complete with Chinese subtitles), due to the fact that the movie was filmed in China.
  • In Daddy's Home, close to the end of the movie, there is a man who is wearing a Squidward tie and he has a couple of talking lines. Mark Wahlberg's character later on calls him "Squidward Tie" to make the reference even more obvious.
  • In Monster Trucks, the officer can be seen watching the SpongeBob episode "It Came from Goo Lagoon."
  • In Grown Ups, Lenny's daughter states that she was pretending to talk to SpongeBob on the cup on a string phone.
  • In Sleepover, one of the characters is referred to by the nickname "SpongeBob".
  • In The Florida Project, Moonee sings a bit of the theme song when her friend asks her what her favorite TV show is.
  • In The Twelve Wishes Of Christmas, an inflatable SpongeBob toy is seen at the mall.

  • Raven from There's More Than One Way Home references a "First they came for SpongeBob" bumper sticker she saw once.
  • In Like No Other Boy, Chris does a SpongeBob impression to get Tommy to do what he wants.
  • In Eye Contact, Adam's mother used to try to make him watch SpongeBob so he could be like the other kids. In the end she gave up and let him watch the operas he loves.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the George Lopez episode "Why You Crying?", when George and Angie tell Benny that they punished Max by barring him from TV for a month, Benny quips "Wow, a whole month without the stupid talking sponge. That's gotta hurt."
  • The Two and a Half Men episode "Alan Hunter, Frontier Chiropractor" had Jake explaining the show's premise to his grandmother.
  • In the Yes, Dear episode, "Natural Born Delinquents", Kim tells Sammy that if he doesn't eat his vegetables, he will grow up to have arms like SpongeBob's. Later in the episode, as Greg tries to put Sammy to bed, a SpongeBob toy can be seen in Sammy's bedroom.
  • In the Parenthood, Max changes the channel from a sports game to SpongeBob.
  • The Big Bang Theory episode "The Long Distance Dissonance", Sheldon watches the show on his phone. The episode he watches is "Plankton!".
  • On the Desperate Housewives episode "The Game" (Season 4, Episode 3, original airdate October 14, 2007), a stonednote  watches the show with her kids, which she's apparently never seen before.
    LYNETTE: "It's a sponge, and he talks. That's funny."
  • Victorious
    • In one episode, Tori sees Robbie is wearing SpongeBob underwear.
    • In one episode where Tori becomes a famous pop star, a group of paparazzi follow her to class. When her teacher tries to get them to leave, they assume he's the voice actor for Plankton as the two sound similar.
  • On the show Fuller House episode "Angels' Night Out", Joey can be seen watching an episode of SpongeBob while making impressions of him and Patrick.
  • In the Sam & Cat episode #TextingCompetition, one of the things Cat says she wants to do with a speedboat is "Look for SpongeBob's pineapple!"
  • House of Anubis: When Patricia suggests getting the help of their "favorite comedy double act" to protest Victor's cameras, Amber suggests SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Malcolm in the Middle: When Otto accidentally gets some kids drunk on hard lemonade, two of them try singing the show's theme song.
    Kid 1: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
    Kid 2: I do, I do!
  • In the Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide episode "Photo Day", Ned gives the tip to "Dress up as yourself, not someone you see on TV". At that point, a student in a SpongeBob costume is shown in the montage of kids taking their photos.
  • Zoey 101: In "Curse of PCA", Lafe asks Lola if she thinks he's silly, and Lola says back "No, SpongeBob's friend Patrick is silly."

  • AJR has a song called I'm Ready, which samples SpongeBob's catchphrase.
  • CupcakKe has a song called "Squidward Nose", which is NSFW.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In a sketch on Sesame Street, Telly Monster's favorite Show Within a Show is revealed to be TriangleBob TrianglePants, featuring Bob as the title character, who sings a parody of SpongeBob's theme song. The name of the network the show airs on is called Triangleodeon.

  • On a knock-off Tamagotchi toy called the QPet, Patrick Star is the travel agent.

    Video Games 
  • In Clam Man, one of the gangsters is a hefty pink starfish named Patrov, a clear reference to Patrick Star.
  • In Doodle God, when you create plankton, the quote you receive is from the character Plankton.
  • A Hat in Time: In Snatcher's introduction of Death Wish mode, he references the episode "Rock Bottom":
    Snatcher: These aren't your everyday contracts, these are... ADVANCED Contracts.
  • In Scribblenauts, one can type in "Nuclear Ugly Barnacle", which creates an ugly barnacle, and then everybody dies.
  • In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, When K1-B0 explains how he sinks in water, Tenko asks that if he fell off a boat, would he be "stuck living under the sea, beneath a rock or in a pineapple!?"
  • In the Friday Night Funkin' Game Mod Friday Night Fever, "Grass Skirt Chase" is heard at one point in the song "Crucify".
  • One of the endings in Mr. Hopp's Playhouse 2, the secret Magic Shell ending, has Esther encounter a shell which she asks for help escaping the cellar, only for it to tell her to do nothing and her to sit there forever, just like in the Magic Conch episode.

    Web Animation 

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    Web Videos 
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd: At the end of his review of Ecco the Dolphin, the Nerd attempts to complete the fourth level, the Lagoon, only to get killed by a crab. He then becomes so angry, he chirps like a dolphin, or says Bad Word #11. Further the cementing the connection, the Nerd says that the difficulty of Ecco makes him want to cram a Krusty Krab up his cornhole.
  • CLW Entertainment: "The Truth About Big G" is a reference to the famous "Don't be intimidated" scene, except done with Doraemon characters.
  • Danny Gonzalez's song "Yummy" includes the line:
    You look like ravioli
    And I got the formuoli
  • Defunctland includes a few Shout Outs as they describe the history of the Nickelodeon Hotel, such as prefacing a tangent with the floral-print card and heavy French accent.
  • JonTron: During his review of Kid Nation, he riffs on a scene where the kids in charge must choose between having extra outhouses or a TV. He jokingly suggests they might choose the TV to stop the other kids from turning on them by distracting them with SpongeBob.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In his "Nicktoons" review, Critic calls Heffer "An inbred version of Patrick Star".
    • In his review of The NeverEnding Story III, the Critic calls Falcor "The flying version of Patrick the Starfish".
    • In his and JesuOtaku's review of Digimon: The Movie, Critic mocks the opening short of the Angela Anaconda cast going to see the movie by thinking about the SpongeBob cast going to see The Last Airbender, showing them viewing the infamous "pebble dance" scene.
      Critic-SpongeBob: Boy, Shyamalan needs to throw in the towel.
      Jesu-Sandy: I thought there were blue cats in this.
    • In his review of Fox Kids, while reviewing Eek! The Cat, the Critic calls Scooter and Bill prototypes of SpongeBob and Squidward, "except the sexual tension might be a little greater with them".
    • In his review of The Powerpuff Girls Movie, when Mojo Jojo says that he has been lashed by harsh tongues for too long, Critic plays the clip from "One Krabs Trash" of Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen saying, "That's disgusting!".
  • SuperMarioLogan:
    • In the second episode of the first season of Mario and Luigi's Stupid and Dumb Adventures, Mama Luigi sings the Krusty Krab Pizza song as he rides on a flying Mario's back. When Mario objects to him singing it, Mama Luigi refers to him as Squidward and himself as SpongeBob, because Mario's grumpy and he is happy.
    • In the second episode of the third season of Mario and Luigi's Stupid and Dumb Adventures, one of the dimensions Mario travels to is SpongeBob's dimension. Because it is underwater, Mario nearly drowns trying to grab the remote that sends him to other dimensions.
    • In part 3 of the "Chef Pee Pee Quits!" saga, Officers Goodman and Pee Pee find out from their police radio that a seven-year-old kid named Patrick Coleman ran away from his house when his mom wouldn't let him watch SpongeBob.
    • In The Stinger of "Bowser Junior's Halloween Problem!", Black Yoshi dresses up as SpongeBob for Halloween, and says, "I'm ready, I'm ready!" when Mario, who is dressed as Bowser, asks him if he's ready to go trick-or-treating with him.
    • In "The Christmas Special!", Bowser Junior gives Chef Pee Pee a SpongeBob toy oven as a present, but he rejects it, claiming that the show the toy is based on teaches kids to be bums. Junior is later seen playing with it in "Bowser Junior's Playtime 4", wherein he pretends to apply for a job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab.
    • In "Chef Pee Pee's Birthday Surprise!", Junior makes a bet with Cody that Chef Pee Pee will say, "Ravioli Ravioli, give me the formuli!" when he opens the skateboard that Joseph got him. Chef Pee Pee does just that, much to Cody's ire.
    • In "Substitute Teacher!", when Judy, as the substitute teacher, attempts to teach the class Marine Biology, she tells the class that little yellow sponges live in sea pineapples with their pet snails and their grumpy squid neighbors. Cody is not amused, and when Judy attempts to sing the SpongeBob theme song, Jeffy tosses a globe at her.
    • In "Jeffy's Tantrum!", Jeffy wants Mario to buy him a $2.99 SpongeBob game on the App store, which Mario refuses to do.
    • In "The Magical Button!", Junior finds a magical button that can grant any wish at the cost of killing a random person. At one point, Junior wishes for an ice cream truck (at the cost of killing Chef Pee Pee), and he gives Joseph and Cody SpongeBob popsicles from it.
    • In "Bowser Junior's 9th Birthday!", Squidward's "Bold and Brash" painting can be seen hanging on the wall.
    • In "Jeffy Gets Help!", Jeffy forces Mario to let him watch SpongeBob, and wears sunglasses of Patrick (whom he refers to as Squidward). In the episode he watches, Patrick is upset that he can't get a girlfriend, and SpongeBob tells him, "Well, I don't have holes for nothing!".
    • In "Cody's Mistake!", Judy refuses to let Cody go to the beach, because she believes Cody will get beaten up by Sandy Cheeks.
    • In a deleted scene from "Bowser Junior's 10th Birthday!", Cody gives Junior Nickelodeon Kart Racers, which Junior uses a blowtorch to burn, specifically on SpongeBob's face. In a behind the scenes video that Chilly posted on her YouTube account, Logan reveals that the scene was filmed the day before the death of Stephen Hillenburg, which is why he intentionally deleted the scene out of respect for Hillenburg.
    • Mr. Krabs appears in "Black Yoshi's Big Bamboozle!" as a debt collector.
  • The Shark Puppet:
    • In "Shark Puppet's Thanksgiving!", Shark makes SpongeBob-themed Kid Cuisine for the guests.
    • A SpongeBob ornament is seen over the opening titles for the "Christmas Time" music video.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius episode "Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion", when Jimmy and his friends are diving under the ocean, a pineapple can be seen in the background when Jimmy grabs the tracking device. A Nick Extra short confirms this is SpongeBob's pineapple.
  • American Dad!:
    • In "A Smith in the Hand", when Stan and Steve take control of the airwaves in Langley Falls and replace it with overly-saccharine puritan programming, some kids are shown pestering their mother because they can't watch SpongeBob.
    • In "Father's Daze", Stan attempts to apologize to his family for repeatedly erasing their memories, locking them in an artificial "Groundhog Day" Loop, and then insulting them when they catch on by giving them a SpongeBob cake with "BAD DAD SAD" written on it.
      Stan: Just pretend SpongeBob is me. And instead of having amazing adventures under the sea, he's sorry he insulted his family.
    • In "Scents and Sensei-bility", Stan and Francine are carrying piñatas with one of them resembling SpongeBob.
  • In the Animaniacs (2020) episode "Suspended Animation", one of the things Yakko sees after swallowing the tablet is SpongeBob's 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • In "Something's Fishy", when Timmy shows the king of Atlantis that the surface world eats fish, the king dismissively replies, "Our diet consists mostly of crabs, starfish, and the occasional underwater squirrel."
    • In "Wish Fixers", Cosmo calls Timmy "CheeseBoy SquarePants".
    • In "App Trap", one of the kids using a smartphone bears an uncanny resemblance to SpongeBob as a human.
  • In the MAD sketch "Cliffordfield", Big Bird gets crushed by a Clifford the Big Red Dog and is flattened into SpongeBob.
    • A live-action Parody Commercial features scrubbing product SpongeWow, who is used to clean up non-FDA approved hot sauce, much to his pain.
    • A spoof of the show called SpongeRoberto SquarePants is teased at the end of the segment "¡Ay Carly!".
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Pray Anything", the chalkboard gag features Bart Writing Lines "SpongeBob is not a contraceptive".
    • The credits to "She Used to Be My Girl" have Lisa praying to God, Buddha and SpongeBob.
    • In "The Wife Aquatic", an exhibit on marine biology has a figure of SpongeBob.
    • In the opening of "Treehouse of Horror XX", a bunch of movie monsters realized not many people are scared of them anymore, so they decide to dress up as popular characters from movies and TV shows. Frankenstein dressed up in a SpongeBob costume.
      • Another THOH episode listed director Bob Anderson as SpongeBob Anderson pants in the opening credits.
    • This exchange in "Treehouse of Horror XXIX":
      Sea captain: You are here to be sacrificed to an evil god from the ocean depths!
      Homer: (terrified) SpongeBob?
    • In "Fat Man and Little Boy", one of the novelty t-shirts Krusty sells features ItchBob ScratchPants.
    • In "Yellow Stuberfudge", Lisa recommended to Krusty that he should make his show international, after seeing him broke. She then shows him an Italian SpongeBob parody as an example. The parody featured SpongeBob giving Squidward a birthday present. Squidward tries to explain that the present is a mine from World War II before a seahorse sits on the activation button and blows the two up. A widowing fish shows up seeing what happened before letting out a Big "NO!"
    • In "Brick Like Me", Comic Book Guy mentions that Bart's mecha suit he made from the school was made of Batmobile, Hobbit Hole, and SpongeBob playsets. If you look carefully at the mecha suit, you can see parts of the Pineapple set.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Sisterhooves Social", Sweetie Belle attempts to make breakfast and somehow burns the juice, ala Squidward burning a shake in "Pickles".
  • Robot Chicken:
    • A sketch from "That Hurts Me" features expies of SpongeBob and Patrick running around like idiots, briefly pausing to walk offscreen and sniff cocaine.
    • A sketch from "Tell Me Mom" features SpongeBob (not an expy this time) asking Sandy how she can be pregnant, saying "You said you had a sponge in your... Oh, you meant me."
    • A sketch from "Major League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" has SpongeBob revealing to the Krusty Krab patrons that Krabby Patties are made out of crabs.
    • A sketch from "Boogie Bardstown in: No Need, I Have Coupons", SpongeBob is a contestant on MasterChef Celebrity Showdown, where he has to cook with the thing he fears most: water.
      Gordon Ramsay: WATER?! You live in the SEA, you festering gutterslop!
      SpongeBob: But I can't swim, Chef...
      Gordon Ramsay: It's "Yes, Chef", you piss-colored tampon alternative!
    • A sketch from "Gracie Purgatory in: That's How You Get Hemorrhoids" has Squidward star in a porno film.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Prick Up Your Ears", one of Stewie's toys is a SpongeBob doll.
    • In "Road to Rupert", Peter watches SpongeBob in the back seat of the car. The screen shows SpongeBob and Patrick singing "The Campfire Song Song".
    • The episode "Road to the North Pole" has Stewie venturing to the North Pole to kill Santa. Brian tries to talk him out of it by explaining that Santa isn't real. In disbelief, Stewie asks if SpongeBob's not real.
      Stewie: Is SpongeBob not there at the bottom of the ocean giving Squidward the business?
  • Fancy Nancy: The plot of "Frenchy, Mon Amour" is one big long take on the episode "Dumped".
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum:
    • In "I, Fanbot", Fanboy tries to escape an angry mob of students by flying out, only to land back in it a few inches over. The same exact thing happened to SpongeBob in "Bubble Buddy".
    • In "Fanboy Ahoy!", Chum Chum's pirate persona is "Chumbucket", which is the name of Plankton's restaurant. The episode title itself pays a homage to the show's Working Title, "SpongeBoy Ahoy!", before the SpongeBoy name was copyrighted.
    • The plot of "Sigmund the Sorcerer" is similar to "Squilliam Returns".
    • The plot of "Cold War" is similar to "Pineapple Fever".
  • Milo Murphy's Law: At one point in the season one finale, a time card with a floral print appears as a narrator with the heavy French accent says two hours have gone by in the time Milo has taken to recap the plot of his favorite show.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In the beginning of "No More Bunny Business", Phineas pops out of the mailbox and scares the mailwoman like how SpongeBob scared the mailman at the beginning of "Chocolate with Nuts".
    • In "Atlantis", Ferb is shown drinking tea from his air helmet, like how SpongeBob and Patrick did in "Tea at the Treedome".
    • "Summer Belongs to You!" had Phineas frantically looking for materials to get him and his friends off a desert island.
      Phineas: Look! A sponge and a starfish! There's gotta be SOMETHING we can make of these! (tosses them away) No, no, that's ridiculous!
    • What's interesting is that co-creator Dan Povenmire worked on the show in the past as a writer.
    • In "Moon Farm", Phineas eats his ice cream cone the same way Sandy eats her Krabby Patty in "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy".
  • The Drawn Together episode "Wooldoor Sockbat's Giggle-Wiggle Funny Tickle Non-Traditional Progressive Multicultural Roundtable!" had Princess Clara describe Wooldoor Sockbat's children's show as the gayest kid's show since SpongeBob. Additionally, Wooldoor himself is an Expy of primarily SpongeBob.
  • The Loud House:
    • In "Left in the Dark", during the flashback to the girls fighting over the remote, the TV briefly shows a picture of a yellow sponge and a pink starfish.
    • In "Making The Grade", a photo of a sea sponge, a starfish, an octopus, and a crab can be seen hanging on the wall in Lisa's kindergarten classroom.
  • In the Teen Titans Go! episode "The Cast", Dr. Light summons a giant squid that resembles Squidward. Doubles as an Actor Allusion, since Rodger Bumpass, who plays Dr. Light, also voices Squidward.
  • Jellystone!:
    • "Yogi's Tummy Troubles" has Top Cat trying to con the townspeople by drawing a circle around himself as protection from Yogi, similar to the Anti-Sea Bear Circle from "The Camping Episode".
    • In "A Fish Sticky Situation", when the denizens of Jellystone turn into fish after eating the expired fish sticks, they bellow "meep" over and over, much like the anchovies in "Help Wanted". In another scene from the same episode, Top Cat is flattened like a pancake and lies on the ground in a similar fashion to Squidward in "Squid on Strike".