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A series of multiconsole video games combining multiple cartoons featured on the children's TV network Nickelodeon. Only the first game in this series goes by the title Nicktoons Unite!, but considering all four games are about Nicktoons characters joining forces to defeat a common enemy, we might as well consider it the name of the series as well.

Nicktoons Unite!: Professor Calamitous joins forces with Plankton, Mr. Crocker, and Vlad Plasmius to form an Evil Syndicate. They start stealing energy from their respective worlds in order to power a Doomsday Device to blow up the multiverse. To counter this, Jimmy Neutron recruits SpongeBob SquarePants, Timmy Turner (who is of course accompanied by Cosmo and Wanda), and Danny Phantom to help him venture into their worlds to stop the villains. Released for PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, and GameCube in 2005, and Nintendo DS in 2006.

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Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island: SpongeBob, Timmy, and Danny reunite, accompanied by co-stars Patrick, Sandy, and Sam Manson, having been picked by a Wise Old Crab to save Volcano Island from a new villain named the Mawgu. Jimmy notably sits this one out and communicates with the heroes behind the scenes.

Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots: Professor Calamitous returns, this time planning to take over the multiverse with his army of Toybots, fueled by Ghost energy combined with the fart gas of fairies having been fed Krabby Patties. SpongeBob, Patrick, Jimmy, Timmy, Danny, Sam, and newcomer Tak team up to collect master models (collectibles said to hold data that Calamitous scanned from characters around the multiverse that he kidnapped and then dumped back to keep his plan secret) for the Chadbot, a robot servant of Calamitous' who claims he will help them. Along the way, they rescue starring characters from other Nicktoons, including Stimpy and Rocko in the console versions, Invader Zim, Mr. Blik, and El Tigre in the Nintendo DS version, and Jenny Wakeman and GIR in both.

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SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom: A slimy cyclops alien race known as the Morphoids and their strange orange goo envelop the Nicktoons' worlds, enslaving all innocent bystanders, so the heroes (Jimmy, SpongeBob, Patrick, Danny, and Tak) join forces with the Evil Syndicate (now made up of Technus, Beautiful Gorgeous, and Traloc, with Plankton the only "veteran" member) to get to the bottom of it. In addition, Invader Zim lies his way onto the heroes' side (claiming he's "not evil, just curious"), prompting his nemesis Dib to join the Evil Syndicate. They eventually find out the cause of it all as a result of the Big Bad, an alien named Globulous, continually body snatching SpongeBob because he's sick of his life. In spite of having a new main character to accompany them, The Fairly Oddparents characters are oddly absent from this one. It killed the series.

This series was "succeeded" in 2011 by Nicktoons MLB, and Nickelodeon Kart Racers in 2018.


These games contain examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: For some reason, Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda are completely absent from Globs of Doom.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The first stages of Bikini Bottom and Zim Town in Globs of Doom have sections where you go inside sewer tunnels filled with Morphoid goo.
  • Adaptational Badass: A lot of the characters in this series normally wouldn't be likely to put up much of a fight against some of the Mooks in their own shows, but in these games, they're all more than capable of kicking ass. Special mention goes to Rocko, who goes from timid everyman to being able to destroy killer toys.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Globs of Doom renames Tlaloc to Traloc.
  • Adapted Out: Sandy, Squidward, Sam, and Tucker are entirely absent (as either playable characters or NPCs) from the GBA version of Volcano Island.
  • Advertised Extra: Timmy Turner appears on the front cover of Volcano Island, but he's recruited about halfway through the game and is only playable in one story level and a bonus level.
  • Amusement Park: The first Retroville stage in Globs of Doom, which takes place in Retroland.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Every game barring Globs of Doom has unlockable costumes for each playable character; Unite has them unlocked via Old Save Bonus, Volcano Island has them unlocked by finding enough of an item associated with the character and Attack of the Toybots' are unlocked by buying them from the character select.
  • Anti-Climax: The ending of Attack of the Toybots. Unless you're playing the DS Version, there is no Final Boss like the previous games before it. Instead, the Nicktoons storm into Calamitous' room only to find out that the entire Toybot conflict was just part of a game show called "The Biggest Genius", which Calamitous seeks to win. Calamitous ultimately loses out the game show to his minion Chadbot who then proceeds to humiliate Calamitous by shaving his mustache off with a razor, and the cutscene just ends there, leaving the whole Toybot conflict unresolved.
  • The Artifact: In Volcano Island, Attack of the Toybots and Globs of Doom, touching a deadly object or falling off a platform simply teleports the player to a safer area, with a "Poof!" effect lifted straight from The Fairly Oddparents. This was Hand Waved in the former two games as Cosmo and Wanda using their power to protect the player, but it's harder to justify in Globs of Doom since Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda aren't present.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Patrick, Sandy and Sam got bumped up to playable characters in Volcano Island after initially appearing as NPCs in Unite!.
    • After the former appeared as a Secret Character and the latter a master model in the DS version of Attack of the Toybots, Zim and Dib got promoted to fully playable, plot-relevant characters in all versions of Globs of Doom.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Early on in Globs of Doom, Bubble Bass eats some of the goo and grows large enough to lift the Krusty Krab into the air, setting up the first boss fight.
  • Badass Bookworm: Jimmy Neutron, especially in the first game.
  • The Bad Guys Win: The secret ending for Globs of Doom has the Evil Syndicate defeat Globulous and the heroes. The villains are then seen gathered around a table after trapping Globulous in a jar.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Several characters in Globs of Doom can turn Morphoids into harmless objects that can be defeated in one hit: SpongeBob - bubbles, Jimmy - atoms, Tak - sheep and Dib - balloons.
  • Be Yourself: How SpongeBob got Globulous to do a Heel–Face Turn. And then he shapeshifted into a giant, slimy cyclops SpongeBob.
  • Big Bad:
    • In the original game, Professor Calamitous is the leader of the Evil Syndicate who wants to power their Doomsday Device to destroy the multiverse.
    • Battle for Volcano Island: The Mawgu is the demonic entity draining energy from the multiverse to conquer the titular Volcano Island, and spreading his black ooze to control people.
    • Attack of the Toybots: Professor Calamitous returns with his army of the titular toybots to conquer the multiverse.
    • Globs of Doom: Globulous Maximus is the leader of the alien Morphoids who is using them to corrupt people with their orange goo and destroy Earth, until the Evil Syndicate betray the heroes and try to take control of Globulous for their own ends.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The original game has the Evil Syndicate, a group of Nickelodeon villains respective to each main character in the games, though Professor Calamitous is undoubtedly their leader. The new Legion reprises this role in Globs of Doom, seemingly helping the heroes while planning to kidnap Globulous and use them for themselves and hijacking the Vessel of Porpentia to become the Final Boss.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: In Globs of Doom, Globulous Maximus is the leader of the Morphoids, but the Evil Syndicate turns out to be helping the heroes only to kidnap and use Globulous for themselves.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: The Ghost Zone Prison in Nicktoons Unite. Overlaps with The Alcatraz.
  • Big Fancy Castle: Vlad's Castle and Crocker's Fortress in Nicktoons Unite.
  • Big Good: Jimmy Neutron in Unite!, The Wise Old Crab in Battle for Volcano Island and Globs of Doom, and the Chad-Bot in Attack of the Toybots.
  • Bleak Level: Haunted Amity Park in Nicktoons Unite, where the citizens are possessed by ghosts and need to be exorcised by Danny.
  • Blow You Away: Jimmy's main weapon in Nicktoons Unite is the Tornado Blaster, which shoots bursts of air.
  • Brick Joke: Near the start of the game, SpongeBob can interact with Patrick's rock in Bikini Bottom to have Patrick come out, clinging onto it. Patrick returns in Pupununu Temple, now clinging onto a boulder rolling down the temple steps.
  • Boss-Only Level: In Globs of Doom, the third stage for each world exclusively features a battle against said world's boss: the Krusty Krab for Bubble Bass, Zim's house for GIR, the Fenton Underground for Cujo the Ghost Dog and Retroville Mall for the girl-eating plant. The sole exception is Pupununu Village, which lacks a third stage and thus has its boss faced at the end of the second stage.
  • Bubbly Clouds: Fairy World in Nicktoons Unite and Attack of the Toybots.
  • Call-Back: Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda appear as their CGI rendering from the "Timmy Jimmy Power Hour" specials, as well as Jimmy referring to the fairies as "holograms" and other references to the events of the specials.
  • Character Select Forcing:
    • Six heroes are playable in Volcano Island, but the characters you use are pre-determined for each level. While some exclusions are justified (no using heroes in levels set before they've been met in the story), others don't make much sense. Timmy in particular gets screwed over badly by this, as it renders him only usable in one story level and his bonus stage.
    • There are ten playable characters in Globs of Doom, but the player is unable to choose who they want to use, and are forced into using arbitrary and seemingly-random combinations.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • Despite being one of the main characters in the first three games, Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda are completely absent from the fourth game without a mention.
    • Sam and Sandy are promoted to playable characters in Volcano Island, but Sandy is completely absent from Attack of the Toybots and Globs of Doom, with Sam also being absent in the latter. Notably, either of them even get an NPC appearance in the latter game like Patrick does.
  • Continue Your Mission, Dammit!: A subtle example in Globs of Doom: if left idle, your active characters will constantly go "Ahem!", as if urging the player to pay attention and continue playing.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When Timmy flirts with her in the first game, Cindy replies, "Hi Timmy. I didn't know you were back in Retroville.", referring to their encounters in the three Jimmy Timmy Power Hours.
    • Globs of Doom features a boss fight with Bubble Bass, a SpongeBob character not seen since the first season, though he would eventually reappear on the show several years after the game was released.
    • DoodleBob, a one-time villain from the SpongeBob episode, "Frankendoodle" appears as one of SpongeBob's attacks in the first game.
    • Plankton's spider robot from the first game appears in the background of the tutorial level of Volcano Island. SpongeBob and Danny talk about how they defeated Plankton upon seeing it.
    • SpongeBob mentions his uncle Sherm from the episode "Krab-Borg" at one point in Ancient's Peak in Battle for Volcano Island.
    SpongeBob: [laughs] Oh, that looks just like my uncle Sherm.
    Danny: Yeah, I bet it's older than he is.
    • Several of GIR's quotes in Attack of the Toybots reference lines from his series:
      • "Yay, we're doomed!": GIR upon encountering a vengeful Dib in a battle suit in "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy".
      • "Why is my head soooo big?!": GIR commenting on Dib's large head in "Door to Door".
      • "I hunger... for yummy waffles! Let's make some!" and "Threat level increased! Eat waffles!" both reference GIR's love for waffles seen in "Zim Eats Waffles".
      • "We're on TV! We're on TV! I'm a serious actor!" references GIR's "I'm on TV!" exclamation from "Mysterious Mysteries".
      • "I must have them or I'll explode. That happens to me sometimes." A cut line that was supposed to play upon encountering a master model, referencing a line from the episode "Invasion of the Idiot Dog Brain", where he forced Zim to buy him tacos after becoming his house's AI.
  • Collection Sidequest: Every game barring the first has at least one optional collectable sidequest:
    • Volcano Island has personal items for each of the six playable characters plus Squidward and Tucker. Collecting all four of a playable character's items unlocks an exclusive bonus level for said character, all of Squidward's items unlock the art gallery, and all of Tucker's items unlock the movie theatre. Each character also gets a better looking house once their personal items are collected.
    • Attack of the Toybots has the fairy rescue sidequest: a whopping 500 fairiesnote  are trapped in glass tubes throughout the factory. Jorgen Von Strangle congratulates you for every 100 you save, though you don't get anything beyond a cosmetic award for saving them all.
    • Globs of Doom hides two trophies in each of the first two levels of each world; collecting all four in a world reveals a hidden cheat code depending on said world.
  • Crisis Crossover: Between several Nickelodeon cartoons.
  • Darker and Edgier: When compared to the lighthearted Volcano Island and Attack of the Toybots, Globs of Doom is much more somber, with a dramatic orchestral score and the toons' worlds actively being at stake, forcing the heroes and villains to team up.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Jimmy goes from a playable character in Nicktoons Unite to non-playable Mission Control in Volcano Island, before becoming playable again for the rest of the series.
    • Patrick goes from a playable character in Volcano Island and Attack of the Toybots to background character that spouts nonsense in Globs of Doom.
    • The Mawgu goes from the Big Bad of Volcano Island to a brief joke in the intro of Attack of the Toybots.
    • Timmy is only playable in one level in Volcano Island and is absent entirely in Globs of Doom.
    • GIR starts off as an unlockable playable character in both the console and DS versions of Attack of the Toybots, but becomes a non-playable boss in Globs of Doom.
  • Derelict Graveyard: Shipwreck Cliff in Battle for Volcano Island.
  • Difficulty Spike: Nicktoons Unite! is considered relatively easy, for the most part. That is, until you reach the Fantastic Voyage of Goddard level. The Final Boss battle against the Evil Syndicate is even seen as easier than that level.
  • Disguised in Drag: The boss battle against the Girl-Eating Plant in Globs of Doom invokes this: in order to damage it from the inside, SpongeBob and Technus have to find several clothing stores and put on dresses, which fools the plant into thinking they're girls and eating them.
  • Down in the Dumps: The second Bikini Bottom stage in Globs of Doom.
  • Dual Boss: The DS version of Globs of Doom has the infected Almighty Tallest as the penultimate bosses.
  • Dueling Player Characters: The Final Boss of Globs of Doom has the Nicktoons heroes (SpongeBob, Patrick, Danny, Jimmy, Tak and Zim) piloting SpongeGlob against the Evil Syndicate (Plankton, Technus, Beautiful Gorgeous, Traloc and Dib) piloting the Vessel of Portentia. In single-player, the Nicktoons win by default, but if there are two players, they can duke it out to determine who wins the matchup.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first game has a number of differences from the following games: there was a set team of four characters (SpongeBob, Danny, Timmy and Jimmy), Timmy and Jimmy mainly attack through projectiles and had to unlock melee attacks later on, no one could Double Jump, and each character had several exclusive abilities that had to be unlocked through the story first. From the later games onwards, the team number variesnote , characters play much more similarly and everyone uses melee attacks, and there are no upgrades for individual charactersnote .
  • Easter Egg:
  • Enemy Mine: Globs of Doom features the heroes (consisting of SpongeBob, Danny, Jimmy, Tak and Zim) teaming up with their enemies from the Evil Syndicate (consisting of Plankton, Technus, Beautiful Gorgeous, Traloc and Dib) to take down Globulous, who's a bigger threat than either side could ever be. Until he is defeated, at which point the Evil Syndicate breaks the alliance in favor of their own plans.
  • Eternal Engine:
    • The near-entirety of Attack of the Toybots takes place in one.
    • Plankton's Jellyfish Factory in Nicktoons Unite.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Rocko attacks by spinning.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot:
    • The final level of Nicktoons Unite is outright called "Fantastic Voyage of Goddard"; there, the party shrink themselves to hunt down a giant fleabot inside Goddard that spies for and holds the coordinates to Calamitous' secret hideout.
    • The battle against the Girl-Eating Plant in Globs of Doom has you trying find a way to get swallowed by it so that you can beat up its innards.
  • Flunky Boss: Everyone in Nicktoons Unite, and everyone but the final boss in Globs of Doom. Crocker even shouts out for mooks to appear.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: The console versions of Globs of Doom have a particularly nasty one where if the game is exited through the main Hub Level, the save files may become corrupt and unplayable, essentially forcing the player to start the game all the way from the beginning. This has contributed to the death of the Nicktoons crossover series.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • Due to not being able to choose which characters you use in Volcano Island, some cutscenes have different teams from gameplay: Fetid Forest has you use a team of SpongeBob, Danny, Patrick and Sandy, but the cutscenes at the end of the level have Sam instead of Patrick, despite Sam not participating in the level. Similarly, Ancient's Peak has a team of SpongeBob, Danny, Sam and Sandy, but Patrick replaces Sam in the end-of-level cutscene.
    • Two examples with Bikini Bottom in Globs of Doom:
      • The starting cutscene has SpongeBob and Beautiful Gorgeous chasing after Bubble Bass, who's heading to the Krusty Krab (which acts as the boss level of the area). After travelling through most of Bikini Bottom, the two end up at the Chum Bucket, which is right across the street from the Krusty Krab. Instead of just going across the street, however, the game makes the player go through another level which starts off in a completely different location altogether before then facing Bubble Bass at the Krusty Krab.
      • Upon completing the first Bikini Bottom level, the following cutscene has Plankton mention that the Chum Bucket is in danger... even though it's the last location visited in the aforementioned level and the player's likely already cleared most, if not all the enemies out of it already.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Plankton's mecha in Nicktoons Unite.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Knock off the skirtlike casing of one particular type of robotic enemy in Attack of the Toybots, and they'll be revealed to be wearing what looks like polka-dot underwear.
  • Green Hill Zone: Jellyfish Fields in Nicktoons Unite and the second Zim Town stage in Globs of Doom.
  • Guide Dang It!: Volcano Island has some in the case of Patrick and Sandy's unlockable costumes. While SpongeBob, Danny, Sam and Timmy all have collectibles that can easily be found by just going though the levels normally, Patrick and Sandy's collectables are much more vague. Patrick requires tusks, which you can only collect by attacking shaking bushes and then attacking the boar that comes out, and Sandy requires feathers, which require you to attack similarly shaking palm trees and then keeping the camera focused on the bird that comes out. Neither of these are stated in the game itself.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Globs of Doom has Globulous Maximus be the villain for most of the game, but after defeating him, the Evil Syndicate reveals their own agenda to use his power for their own evil plans. They ultimately become the real Final Boss using the Vessel of Porpentia.
  • Hub Level: Jimmy's Lab in Nicktoons Unite, Camp Castaway in Battle for Volcano Islandnote  and the Mawgu Lair in Globs of Doomnote . Only Attack of the Toybots is devoid of a hub level and instead has a simple level select screen.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Plankton can fall into this when defeating Morphoids in Globs of Doom.
    Plankton: Take that, you one-eyed freak! Hey, wait!
  • Improbable Weapon User: A bunch in Globs of Doom.
  • Jungle Japes: The first Pupununu stage in Globs of Doom.
  • Killer Teddy Bear: Mr. Huggles teddy bears are just one of the many killer toys the characters have to fight in Attack Of The Toybots.
  • King Mook: The giant fleabot in Nicktoons Unite, which led the flea robots populating the stage you find it in.
    • There's also The Great Carapace and King Gorge in Battle for Volcano Island. The former of which is to the sand monsters and the latter of which is to the Florian guards, although the latter has a Heel–Face Turn after defeating him.
  • Large Ham: Globulous.
  • Legion of Doom: The Evil Syndicate is made up of villains from various Nickelodeon shows, though the exact lineup varies between Unite! and Globs of Doom:
  • Lethal Joke Character: The unlockable Mr. Huggles in Attack of the Toybots can kill all enemies in one hit.
  • Lighter and Softer: The first game is Darker and Edgier than the series it's crossing over, both in music and threats, and with less cartoonish and comedic moments. Volcano Island and Toybots, however, are much lighter and more comedic. Globs of Doom is darker than Volcano and Toybots, but not quite as dark as Unite!.
  • Limit Break: Combo Attacks in Globs of Doom can only be performed once the combo gauge is full. When performed, it results in a special attack unique to the combination of characters you're using; this attack instantly kills all non-boss enemies on-screen. For instance: SpongeBob and Beautiful Gorgeous turn all enemies into bubble hearts, Dib and Tlaloc summon UFOs to abduct them etc.
  • Living Toys: These are the main antagonists of Attack of the Toybots.
  • The Lost Woods: Fetid Forest in Battle for Volcano Island starts out in a dark and dreary forest before eventually leading underground into an Ooze mine.
  • Macro Zone: The Fantastic Voyage of Goddard in Nicktoons Unite, since it takes place inside Goddard.
  • Marathon Level: Both Amity Park levels in Globs of Doom are ridiculously long when compared to the worlds before (Zim's Town) and after (Retroville) it.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Between several Nicktoons series, with SpongeBob SquarePants, Danny Phantom and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius being the most prominent. The series provides the page quote.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter:
    • Patrick in Volcano Island: while everyone else has a projectile attack which uses up energy, Patrick's energy attack is a close-range cartwheel which propels him forward instead, most likely as a Mythology Gag to his cartwheel move from The Sponge Bob Movie Game.
    • Danny Phantom in Globs of Doom: while everyone else has a projectile attack which stuns enemies, Danny instead creates a clone of himself which attacks nearby enemies and absorbs damage.
  • Medal of Dishonor: Using any of the non-Mr. Huggles cheat codes in Attack of the Toybots grants the player the "Cheater!" award, which essentially calls them out for cheating.
  • Missing Secret: Volcano Island has a cheats section with five empty slots in the extras menu, but there's no apparent way to actually add the cheats (none of the buttons in the menu will do so), so it's unknown what said cheats are or what they would have done in-game.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Beautiful Gorgeous, as shown in this image.
  • Multiple Endings: The console version of Globs of Doom has two, as alongside the standard ending achieved by simply beating the final boss, there's a second ending so well hidden it may as well be an Easter Egg as described above. After the villains defeat the heroes and Globulous, they sit at a table in their lair with Globulous trapped in a jar in the background.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Patrick does a close-ranged cartwheel for his energy attack in Volcano Island, referencing his cartwheel move from The Sponge Bob Movie Game.
    • The Invader Zim episode "Zim Eats Waffles" had a scene where Zim threatened one of his experiments with a plunger. In Globs of Doom, Zim uses a plunger (OF DOOM!) as his main weapon.
  • Off-Model: Everybody in Globs of Doom. Dib seems to just be permanently locked in a thousand-yard stare, Danny Phantom not only suffers from the same thousand-yard stare as Dib, but seems to be making a constant derp face throughout the game, Zim appears to have a huge overbite with how his model is rendered (in contrast to his model from Nickelodeon Party Blast), and Jimmy Neutron looks like a walking corpse with no emotion whatsoever (in stark contrast to his model from previous games).
  • Old Save Bonus: Exclusive to the PS2 version, having save files of Tak: The Great Juju Challenge, SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! and Barnyard unlocks several bonus features for Unite!: one file unlocks bonus costumes for each of the main four, two files unlock concept art and all three together unlock optional cheats. Oddly enough, the GameCube version lacks this feature despite all 4 games being released on that system as well.
  • Original Generation: Every NPC except for Tucker, Squidward and Jimmy in Battle for Volcano Island, every NPC except for Professor Calamitous in Toybots, and Globulous in Globs of Doom.
  • Palmtree Panic: Summoner's Rock and Calamity Cove in Battle for Volcano Island.
  • Powered Armor: Sam wears the Fenton Ghost Peeler in Battle For Volcano Island. Finding enough batteries will activate the suit, temporarily increasing the power of Sam's attacks.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Not only does Danny get screwed big time by this trope but Calamitous, normally an ineffectual Jimmy Neutron villain, gets bumped on the Sorting Algorithm Of Villain Threat to a Multiuniversal Threat (At first with his Evil Syndicate, and then by himself with an army of living toys.)
  • Promoted to Playable:
    • Patrick, Sandy, and Sam go from NPCs in Unite! to playable characters in Battle For Volcano Island and Attack of the Toybots.
    • Plankton goes from being a member of the Big Bad Duumvirate in Unite! to playable in Globs of Doom, notably being the only member of the first game's Evil Syndicate to make the cut.
    • Dib first appeared as a master model in the DS version of Attack of the Toybots before appearing alongside his nemesis Zim as a playable character in Globs of Doom.
  • The Protagonist: Despite the series primarily being an ensemble crossover, SpongeBob, being Nickelodeon's Mascot, is the closest thing to a main character: he has a major role in every game, he's one of the first playable characters in each, he's front and centre on every game's box art, and he and Danny are the only members to be playable in every game. It's most prominent in Globs of Doom, where he's used by the Big Bad to communicate, he's playable in the most levels, and he's the one who convinces Globulous to make a Heel–Face Turn, with Globulous then proceeding to become a SpongeBob copy named SpongeGlob.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The Morphoids in Globs of Doom can pull this; while they can fight on their own, the bosses (except for Big Bad Globulous Maximus and two of the bosses in the DS game) are all infected characters with a head full of Morphoid goo.
  • Puzzle Boss: Calamitous and his pseudo-Boss Rush in Nicktoons Unite, Cujo the Ghost Dog and the mutated Girl-Eating Plant in Globs of Doom.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Discussed: an early cutscene in Attack of the Toybots has SpongeBob pointing out to Tak that red eyes are a good indication of evil. Sure enough, the titular toybots have them.
    Tak: I'm Tak of the Pupununu People. You are the good guys, aren't you?
    SpongeBob: Sure, it's the beady red eyes that are a dead giveaway for the evil fellows. I am SpongeBob SquarePants, nice to meet you.
  • Reformulated Game: While the console versions tend to be 3D-platformers, the handheld versions are 2D-sidescrolling platformers with some extra differences from the console versions. Some of the handheld versions even take on different new genres entirely; the GBA version of Battle for Volcano Island becomes a collectathon puzzle-platformer while the DS version of Attack of the Toybots becomes a Final Fight-esque 2D-sidescrolling beat-em-up.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Zim and Dib are introduced in Globs of Doom as if they already know the other Nicktoons. While Zim was playable in the DS version of Attack of the Toybots, the canonicity of the handheld versions in comparison to the console versions (where GIR was playable but Zim wasn't) is highly debatable.
  • Remilitarized Zone: Fort Crabclaw in Battle for Volcano Island.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: Lampshaded in Globs of Doom by the character you're controlling when you do such things.
  • Roofhopping: The second Amity Park stage in Globs of Doom is set entirely atop roofs.
  • Secret Character:
    • Attack of the Toybots features certain characters who have to be rescued before they can become playable, depending on the version. The console versions get Stimpy and Rocko, the DS version gets Zim, Mr. Blik and El Tigre and both versions get GIR and Jenny Wakeman.
    • The console versions also feature Mr. Huggles and Exo-Huggles 3000 as cheat-code-exclusive characters. Both can One-Hit Kill any enemy.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sidelined Protagonist Crossover: The console versions of Attack of the Toybots feature Breakout Character GIR from Invader Zim as a secret playable character, but Zim himself makes no such appearance. Averted in the DS version, which features both Zim and GIR as playable characters.
  • The Smurfette Principle:
    • Jenny is the only playable female character in the DS version of Attack of the Toybots. Averted in the console versions, where Sam is playable as well.
    • Beautiful Gorgeous is the only female member of the Evil Syndicate (and consequently the only playable female character) in Globs of Doom.
  • Spiritual Successor: The series can be considered one to the early 2000's Nicktoons crossover games such as Nicktoons Racing (which features SpongeBob, Patricknote , Tommy and Angelica Pickles, CatDog, Stimpy, Eliza Thornberry, Darwin, Arnold, Helga, Daggett, Norbert, and Ickis) and Nickelodeon Party Blast (which features SpongeBob, Jimmy, ZIM, Tommy, Angelica, Eliza, and Otto and Reggie Rocket).note 
  • Spotlight-Stealing Crossover:
    • SpongeBob gets top billing for Globs of Doom, which is justified by him being a focal point of the game's story rather than a part of an ensemble cast. He's also playable in the most levels of any character, being used in a whopping fivenote  levels when no other character has more than three.
    • To a lesser extent, Danny is usually second to SpongeBob in terms of plot importance, though that may be a tad bit justified due to being one of the few Nicktoons who regularly fights and beats up super powered baddies in his own home series. Not coincidentally, SpongeBob and Danny are the only two Nicktoons to be playable in all four games.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Title: The series is titled SpongeBob SquarePants and Friends in Europe, and the last game is outright called SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom worldwide.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Most apparent in Battle for Volcano Island as the characters will immediately fall through the water that isn't shallow. Lampshaded by the Wise Old Crab.
  • Take Your Time: The Evil Syndicate starts up their Doomsday Machine in the pre-boss cutscene of Unite!, but no timer is ever present during the fight that follows.
  • Teamwork Puzzle Game: Each version of Unite is one in its own different way. Also, the GBA version of Battle for Volcano Island and the DS version of Globs of Doom.
  • Temple of Doom: Crystal Ruins in Battle for Volcano Island and the second Papununu stage in Globs of Doom.
  • Token Adult: SpongeBob is the only member of the main team in Unite! to be an adult rather than a teen (Danny) or child (Timmy and Jimmy), though he makes up for it by being by far the most childish of the group.
  • Token Evil Teammate:
    • Zim in Globs of Doom allies himself with the heroes under the guise of being curious, despite being a Villain Protagonist who's tried to take over Earth numerous times in his home series.
    • An interesting variation of this occurs in Attack of the Toybots. An unlockable costume allows you to play as Dark Danny (Dan Phantom). Yes, that Dark Danny instead of Danny Phantom.
  • Token Good Teammate: Dib is this to The Syndicate in Globs of Doom, as he allies himself with them solely on the basis that they're against Zim despite Dib himself being a Hero Antagonist rather than an outright villain.
  • Tomboy And Girly Girl: Jenny (Girly Girl) and Sam (Tomboy) in the console version of Attack of the Toybots.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Sam and Jenny are the only two playable girls in the console versions of Toybots. The game itself seems to Lampshade this, as one of the awards is obtained by pairing them up.
  • Under the Sea: The Bikini Bottom levels in general in any game sans Battle for Volcano Island.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Ancient's Peak in Battle for Volcano Island and Calamitous' Lair in Attack of the Toybots.
  • Voices Are Mental: In the case of Globulous!SpongeBob, first averted and then played straight after Zim's Town.
  • A Winner Is You: In the GBA version of Battle for Volcano Island, your reward for obtaining all 23 Rip-Zipper pieces and 115 Gold Hearts (which requires a No-Damage Run on every level) is a giant monolith that says "Congratulations! You've completed the game 100%! Thank you for playing!".
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Having actual powers, Danny is easily be the most powerful member, but is nerfed down for gameplay purposes. The games often explain that he's unable to use his full power due to various reasons, such as Professor Calamitous interfering with the Ghost Zone in Attack of the Toybots.
    • Timmy can actually wish that whatever problems the team is facing to be solved, but Da Rules doesn't allows any changes in any universes other than Dimmsdale.
  • Version-Exclusive Content: The PS2 version of the first game has an Old Save Bonus: having save files of Tak: The Great Juju Challenge, SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! and Barnyard unlocks bonus in-game features for Unite!. Interestingly, this feature was not present in the Nintendo GameCube version despite all of these games being released on that system as well.
  • Your Size May Vary: In his home series, SpongeBob and his friends are around the size of their real-life sea counterparts - that is, small enough that a normal-sized human could easily hold one of them in their hand. In the Unite! series, all of them are scaled up to be comparable to said normal humans.

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