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"I'm ready!" - SpongeBob

SpongeBob SquarePants is the titular main protagonist of the animated series of the same name. He is voiced by actor and comedian Tom Kenny, in his breakout role. This page is focusing on seasons 1-5, 8-present of SpongeBob SquarePants, the first and third SpongeBob films, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, and The Patrick Star Show.

Why He's Great

  1. He is a wonderfully optimistic, abnormal, mature (to an extent), fun-loving, and hyperactive person with a happy-go-lucky personality.
  2. A lot like his best friend Patrick Star, he was responsible for creating such memetic material with some expressions he's made from the series to the 2004 movie and such memeable scenes his existence has made with many worldwide. And also had tons of timeless, hilarious scenes.
    • Speaking of which, SpongeBob can seem more intelligent than Patrick in spite of his naivete or his loony if jolly behavior.
  3. He is greatly animated.
  4. He has a cute character design like many characters drawn by Hillenburg.
  5. He is extremely determined and will often stop at nothing to accomplish a task.
  6. He is not only very kind, but also a good owner to Gary (most of the time), a good friend to Patrick, Sandy, and is nice to Squidward even though he's usually somewhat (but understandably) rude to him (a typical "Love Thy Neighbour" message).
  7. He is very hard-working, enthusiastically working at his seemingly awful, low-paying job.
  8. He comes up with good songs like "Who Am I?", "Sweet Victory", "Ripped Pants", and "The C-A-M-P-F-I-R-E S-O-N-G Song"
  9. He is always ready for everything and anything.
  10. His iconic laugh (even if it annoys some people).
  11. As mentioned above, Tom Kenny voices him excellently and flawlessly in the first 3 seasons, as well as seasons 9-present, the 2nd and 3rd films, and the spin-offs.
  12. He is mostly positive-thinking.
  13. As his catchphrase goes, he is always ready for everything and anything.
  14. He is the titular protagonist of three incredible animated films that combines live-action, surreal humor, and compelling themes rolled up in an adventurous, emotional odyssey.
  15. He has a lot of awesome power-ups in Battle for Bikini Bottom and the remake of the game, examples include Bubble Spin, Bash, Bowl and Cruise, SpongeBall and Sneak.
  16. In "Krabby Patty Creature Feature," he is the only citizen of Bikini Bottom not affected by the zombie outbreak. He manages to save all the citizens using chum.
  17. He’s still likable in Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, and has gotten some extra charm in that spin-off, as he still has his love for jellyfish and tries to catch them for good grades.
  18. He didn't lose his charisma in The Patrick Star Show, as he’s still his lovable self and a good friend to Patrick.

Bad Qualities

  1. He, along with Patrick, was sadly flanderized in seasons 6 & 7, as he became a huge annoying and idiotic pest. However, like Patrick and the others (aside from maybe Mr. Krabs), he thankfully redeemed himself in the new seasons the second film, and the third film as he goes back to his original personality though he recovered from flanderization first in the 8th season while Patrick's in 9.
    • In To Love a Patty, he gruesomely murdered a bunch of scallops only because the scallops were trying to eat the Krabby Patty he loved despite the fact that he himself raised one in "Rock-A-Bye Bivalve" and the fact he has a pet scallop named Shelly in a few episodes, making this hypocritical.
    • His high-pitched voice from the first movie to Season 7 is kind of annoying.
  2. Even before and after flanderization, he can be annoying sometimes.
    • While iconic and funny, his laugh can sometimes come off as annoying to some.
    • With this in mind, like Patrick or Pinky: he can also do some disgusting stuff as well (primarily because of potty humor such as belches/etc).
  3. He's incredibly naive. For example, he thinks that Mr. Krabs is a generous, non-cheap, and big-hearted person when he's really the exact opposite (although he did call him a cheapskate in "Pickles", "Krabby Land" and "Can You Spare a Dime?").
    • He is somewhat dramatic to the people who are kind to him: for example, to the mailfish.
  4. He can be a Butt-Monkey type character (a character that gets abused for no reason).


  • His show is widely considered to be one of the best and most popular cartoons out there.
  • As stated above, he was born on July 14, 1986 making him a Cancer.
  • He was designed by the late marine biologist and teacher, Stephen Hillenburg (rest in peace).
  • Hillenburg based SpongeBob on Bob the Sponge, a character he had created for his educational book "The Intertidal Zone" in the late 1980s.
  • In a theory based on SpongeBob and his friends representing "The 7 Deadly Sins", SpongeBob is considered to be the "Lust" as several examples were shown in many episodes that he loves his krabby patties.
  • According to Stephen Hillenburg, SpongeBob is "almost asexual," meaning he has no sexual desire, though he can fall in love.
  • In early episodes, such as "Help Wanted," "F.U.N.," and "Christmas Who?," he did a dance where his arms and legs were curly. He doesn't seem to do the dance anymore.
  • On occasion, to express shock, SpongeBob's pupil would shrink, and his eyes would turn into circles, with his irises briefly disappearing. Sometimes, this is reversed, as his pupils would disappear and his irises become shrunken.
  • He made a cameo as a costume in the Bubble Guppies episode "Trick or Treat Mr. Grumpfish."
  • In the episode "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired," it is revealed that SpongeBob has failed the driving test 1,258,056 times.
  • SpongeBob has been involved with putting characters in a jar on at least four occasions:
    • In "Nature Pants," Patrick unsuccessfully attempts to put him in a jar.
    • In "Jellyfish Hunter," No Name puts him in a jar.
    • In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV," he puts the shrunken Bikini Bottomites in a jar.
    • In "Picture Day," he puts himself in a jar.
  • SpongeBob's teeth were based on Stephen Hillenburg when he was a kid.
  • SpongeBob hates Barnacle Chips, as revealed in "Chocolate with Nuts."
  • SpongeBob has appeared on a few pictures on
  • SpongeBob is a mascot of Nickelodeon and Nickelodeon Movies.
  • In "I Was a Teenage Gary," SpongeBob is left-handed, but in later episodes, he is ambidextrous, revealed in "The Splinter" and "You Don't Know Sponge."
    • SpongeBob is said to be right-handed, but in "Neptune's Spatula," he approves that he has two left hands.
  • Even though Mr. Krabs is the creator of the Krabby Patty, in "Are You Happy Now?," the narrator says that SpongeBob is the creator.
  • SpongeBob has appeared on a few pictures on
  • SpongeBob's prototype name, "SpongeBoy," is referenced by Mr. Krabs in the episode "Squeaky Boots," with the quote "SpongeBoy, me Bob!"
  • SpongeBob's head has gotten bigger in each season and his waist has gotten wider. In some early season 2 episodes, such as "Big Pink Loser," he has a narrow waist.
  • Beginning in "My Pretty Seahorse" and heavily used in post-season 5 episodes, SpongeBob's nose usually droops down when he is sad, much like Squidward's nose is normally.
  • In "Truth or Square," SpongeBob is revealed to have three moles and a birthmark on his back.
  • He made a cameo as a costume in the Bubble Guppies episode "Trick or Treat Mr. Grumpfish."
  • A cut origin story was originally planned for SpongeBob. It was meant to explain his square shape as SpongeBob began life as a natural yellow Sponge that cyclops harvested and cut into squares in a factory on land.
  • During the talk screens in the DS version of Creature from the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob has green eyes instead of blue.
  • In "I Was a Teenage Gary," SpongeBob is left-handed, but in later episodes, he is ambidextrous, revealed in "The Splinter" and "You Don't Know Sponge."
  • In 2002, SpongeBob was ranked #9 in TV Guide's Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters list (which also included Angelica Pickles at #7 and Ren and Stimpy at #31). He was notably the most recently-created character to be featured on the list at the time of its publication.
  • SpongeBob is one of the only two characters who is playable in every installment of the Nicktoons Unite! video games (the other being Danny Phantom).
  • An alternate SpongeBob exists in a world where Plankton was successful. Like his mainstream counterpart, he likes his career, likes promotions, and gets sad when he makes an error in somebody's order. The most significant difference is that he is made co-cashier by Plankton and is employed by him.

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