SpongeBob SquarePants memes are taking over the internet (2023)

No television show has had a bigger impact on meme culture than SpongeBob SquarePants. It was a major presence on TV when today’s meme-makers were kids, and its appeal at the time transcended boundaries of race and class. SpongeBobis a nostalgic common language that nearly all teens and 20-somethings speak, and it offers 11 seasons worth of meme-able characters and settings. No wonder there have been so many hugeSpongeBobmemes.

Here’s our guide to theSpongeBob moments that have gone viral over the past few years, what they mean, and how to use them to their fullest potential.

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1) Confused Mr. Krabs

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A blurry image of SpongeBob’s boss, Mr. Krabs, was 2016’s essential reaction image for conveying that you’re confused, disoriented, or in trouble. The screengrab comes from a scene in the season 2 episode “Patty Hype” where Mr. Krabs is beset by a mob of angry customers after selling them burgers that cause weird side effects. On the internet, it’s used for things like “when you just woke up from a nap and your parents are already yelling at you.”

2) SpongeBob’s Hype Stand / The SpongeBob Crowd Meme

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The episode that brought us Confused Mr. Krabs also inspired the SpongeBob Hype Stand meme, a handy way of saying something is better or more popular thansomething else. (We’ll revisit this theme shortly when we talk about the Krusty Krab vs. the Chum Bucket.)

In the relevant scene, a small crowd has gathered at SpongeBob’s upstart burger stand because his “pretty patties” are starting to become popular. After a news report about the brightly colored burgers, a much bigger crowd has gathered, and we see SpongeBob serving customer number46,853.

The meme compares something that is mediocre or just okay (the small crowd) to something that’s great or incredibly popular (the big one). It’s basically the SpongeBob version of the Drake Approves meme.


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3) Handsome Squidward

Squidward, SpongeBob’s angry friend and coworker, briefly starred in his own meme called “Handsome Squidward.” It comes from an episode where Squidward ends up with square-jawed good looks after SpongeBob hits him in the face with a door.

Originally, the meme just involved playing music over the relevant scene, making it a lot funnier:

But circa 2017,

became a variation of the “Virgin vs. Chad” meme, which is based on outdated “nerd vs. jock” or “alpha male vs. beta male stereotypes.” Normal Squidward represents the loser in this situation, and Handsome Squidward represents the alpha “Chad” type:

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The image is associated with the incel community—men who aren’t having sex and identify as “involuntarily celibate.” It was famously paired with the catchphrase “The Difference Between Chad and Non-Chad is Literally a Few Millimeters of Bone,” which posits that men who don’t get laid were simply cursed by genetics with weak chins. It’s mostly used as a joke, but there are some men who take it seriously.

4) SpongeBob History

A lot of meme-makers are students, which means history classes are fresh in their minds. And because anything thatcanbe combined withSpongeBob will be, they spent a couple of months in 2016 labelingscenes from the cartoon as “recolored” photos of historical events. Fair warning: much like the History Channel, the SpongeBob History meme was heavy on Nazi Germany.

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5) Spongegar / Primitive Sponge / Caveman SpongeBob Meme

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Primitive Sponge is a prehistoric version of SpongeBob, often used a reaction image to describe one’s primal instincts kicking in during an intense situation. He’s been used to describe panic during everything from school shootings and terrorist attacks to taking a final or meeting the parents.

Primitive Sponge is often referred to as “Spongegar,” but they’re actually two different characters in the show. Primitive Sponge, the two-fanged, loincloth-wearing cavesponge from the meme, is a prehistoric version of SpongeBob that Squidward meets when he travels back in time. Spongegar, introduced five years later, is an ancestor of SpongeBob who has a unibrow and a single buck tooth.

6) Ravioli, Ravioli

“Ravioli, Ravioli, give me the formu-oli” is a rhyming (well, sort of rhyming) line used by an evil robot version of Mr. Krabs to trick SpongeBob into revealing the secret formula for Krabby Patties. It turned into a meme because of all the other terrible near-rhymes one can make with “ravioli,” and also because of a disgusting prank video by YouTuber Filthy Frank.

Here he is, walking up to people with ravioli in his pockets:

Many of the rhymes in the meme are crude and terrible (“give me the death I deserv-ioli,” “shoot me in the head-ioli”) but sometimes they’re extremely clever. For instance, a student protestor was seen after the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida with a SpongeBob sign that said, “Ravioli, ravioli, give us the gun controli.” Well played, teens.

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7) SpongeBob Mocking

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Perhaps the biggest of allSpongeBob memes of 2017 was Mocking SpongeBob, taken from a scene where SpongeBob clucks like a chicken. The meme doesn’t have to dowith clucking, though: it’s about repeating someone else’s asinine statement back to them in a mocking sarcastic tone. The captions for Mocking SpongeBob typically eMpLoy MIxeD cAPiTalIzAtIOn to convey the sneering tone of voice appropriate to the meme.

8) Evil Patrick

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In 2018, SpongeBob’s starfish friend Patrick Star finally got his own meme. An image of a threatening-looking Patrick about to pounce on SpongeBob became known as “Evil Patrick” (sometimes “Savage Patrick”) and he represented all of our worst impulses. Anything bad you’re thinking about doing? That’s the Evil Patrick inside you.

The image for this meme comes from the episode “Nature Sponge,” where SpongeBob leaves town and attempts to live in the wild. Patrick is trying to capture him and bring him back. Another still from the same episode, showing SpongeBob exhausted from the chase, became a meme a few weeks later. We’ll get to that below.


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9) Krusty Krab vs. Chum Bucket

The Krusty Krab, the restaurant where SpongeBob works, is in competition with the nearby Chum Bucket. But, because the Chum Bucket doesn’t have the secret formula for Krabby Patties, it’s always going to be second-best. That’s what the Krusty Krab vs. Chum Bucket meme is all about: things that are second-best. Pale imitations of the original.

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Pancakes vs. Waffles? Marvel vs. DC? All the great rivalries are debatable using the Chum Bucket meme.

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10) Tired SpongeBob / Money SpongeBob

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As promised, it’s time to talk about Tired SpongeBob, the third major Sponge meme of 2018. Tired SpongeBob looks like he’s just finished running a marathon. In the show, it’s because he’s been running from Patrick, who wants to take him out of nature and back to civilization (this also explains why Tired SpongeBob is naked). In the meme, it’s because of any number of slightly exhausting ordeals. The pettier the reason for being worn out, the funnier the joke.

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There’s also a two-panel variation called Money SpongeBob. In one panel, SpongeBob is exhausted, and in the other, he appears to be happily spending a wad of cash. People use the joke to talk about how they love spending money on some things and hate letting it go for others. It’s a perfect meme for tax season!

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.


Why does SpongeBob have so many memes? ›

Due to the show's popularity, particularly among Gen Z and millennials, the show seamlessly lends itself to meme culture. Meme culture has evolved in many ways since the rise of social media platforms. It started with simple, original memes such as the Troll face, the Success Kid and Bad Luck Brian.

How many SpongeBob memes exist? ›

Why are there so many Spongebob memes? On Know Your Meme, the internet's primary database for all things meme-y, Spongebob Squarepants memes currently accounts for 4,635 images.

Where did the SpongeBob mocking meme come from? ›

Based on a screenshot taken from the season nine episode of SpongeBob SquarePants titled “Little Yellow Book,” the Mocking SpongeBob meme turned the normally banal character of SpongeBob into an angry lecturing figure (imitating a chicken, no less) who appeared to be scolding and/or mocking something unseen.

Why is SpongeBob relevant? ›

Despite being a sponge living in a pineapple under the sea, SpongeBob personifies what we all hoped we could be as adults, and the best of what we can still be. After 20 years, SpongeBob brings us happiness and reminds us that we can achieve the same happiness in our lives.

Which cartoon has the most memes? ›

Regardless of what you may think of the later seasons, SpongeBob Squarepants is the number one most memed show of all time. The cartoon has been running for a long time and its comedy transcends generational gaps. It's goofy, absurd, and most importantly, memorable.

Which SpongeBob episode has the most memes? ›

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  • 2/10 "Survival Of The Idiots"
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Who is SpongeBob's girlfriend? ›

Sandra Jennifer "Sandy" Cheeks is a fictional character in the Nickelodeon franchise SpongeBob SquarePants. She is an anthropomorphic squirrel who wears a diving suit and lives underwater. Sandy is voiced by Carolyn Lawrence and first appeared in the episode "Tea at the Treedome" that premiered on May 1, 1999.

Was SpongeBob discontinued? ›

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How old is Squidward? ›

Squidward Tentacles has the temperament of a cranky older man, but he is only 22 years old when SpongeBob begins. Despite his name, Squidward is an octopus and not a squid. This subtly can be seen in Squidward's 0'10” (25.4 cm) height, as octopuses are generally much bigger than squids.

How old is SpongeBob mocking meme? ›

One large and mostly recent example was the wildfire meme known as “Mocking Spongebob.” According to Know Your Meme, this meme began with an image from the 2012 “Little Yellow Book” episode of Spongebob Squarepants.

What does SpongeBob do when he sees plaid? ›

SpongeBob sees Mr. Krabs plaid so he clucks like a chicken, making Squidward and a fish laugh. The scene where SpongeBob clucks like a chicken has become a popular meme called "Mocking SpongeBob." In the 2017 San Diego Comic Con, SpongeBob's voice actor, Tom Kenny said that this is his favorite SpongeBob meme.

What does the SpongeBob meme with capital letters mean? ›

The Mocking Spongebob meme (also known as Spongemock) features the beloved cartoon character wearing a sarcastic expression, and it's combined with MiXed cApiTaliZation tO inDiCatE a MoCkinG TonE. It can be used as a juvenile response to almost anything. Even itself.

What does SpongeBob symbolize? ›

The character SpongeBob is believed to represent the seven deadly sins: laziness, pride, greed, greed, lust, jealousy and wrath. Patrick spends most of his time sleeping under a rock --his house. Patrick is a slacker. Mr.

What is the message of SpongeBob? ›

Live Life to The Fullest

In the words of SpongeBob, “You never really know the true value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” SpongeBob values his time, even when he is alone. Even if all he's doing is watching TV or flipping burgers, he's happy. Life is made up of tiny moments – don't let them pass you by.

Do adults still watch SpongeBob? ›

For adults, there's the quirky comedy that isn't lost on them as it may be on kids. Yes, at times the stories can get silly but the program is still funny. Maybe that's the true magic to the SpongeBob SquarePants formula. It's just good quality entertainment that's fun to watch at any age.

Does SpongeBob have most memes? ›

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How old is SpongeBob? ›

According to creator Stephen Hillenburg, SpongeBob is meant to be ageless in order to appeal to a wider audience. Hillenburg has also stated that SpongeBob is 50 years old in “sponge years,” but he is likely vastly younger in human years.

What did you do to my drink? ›

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How do I create a meme? ›

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Who is Sandy's boyfriend? ›

Snowball is Sandy's boyfriend. In Among Us Cops And Robbers, Sandy and Snowball were married and had a baby named Snowball Jr. They also had an anniversary in "Among Us But Imposter Can Read Minds".

Who is Pearl's real dad? ›

Pearl is a teenage sperm whale who lives in a hollow anchor with her father Eugene "Mr." Krabs, the greedy founder of the popular Krusty Krab restaurant. Pearl will inherit the restaurant and become its owner when she grows older.

Is SpongeBob a boy or a girl? ›

SpongeBob SquarePants (character)
SpongeBob SquarePants
Voiced byTom Kenny
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SpeciesSea sponge
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When did SpongeBob stop being good? ›

Because of this, SpongeBob SquarePants' decline began in season 4. As The A.V. Club pointed out, the episodes began to lean more into kid-friendly physical humor and gross-out moments that in the end didn't appeal to anyone. The characters were also exaggerated, and the stories weren't interesting either.

How long will SpongeBob last? ›

SpongeBob SquarePants ends its season 13 in 2022, Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke retire together.

Are they still making SpongeBob 2022? ›

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years will start airing its new season on September 30th, 2022. The Patrick Star Show was renewed for a new 26-episode season in March 2022.

How old is Mr crabs? ›

He protects his KP's from Plankton. He owns the Krusty Krab and pays his employees very cheeply. His first wife was a whale who gave birth to Pearl. His step wife/2nd wife was Bebe Krabs.
Mr. Krabs.
Eugene H. Krabs
HometownBikini Bottom
BornNovember 30, 1942
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How old is plankton? ›

Sheldon James Plankton (age 59 as in The Algae's Always Greener episode) is a dark green Plankton. He is the main antagonist of SpongeBob SquarePants and was the protagonist of the canon episode The Algae's Always Greener.

What is the meme font? ›

That meme typeface is called Impact (technically, a "font" is a specific version of a typeface, like when it's italicized or in bold). Though Impact feels like the quintessential internet typeface, it was released in 1965.

How do you draw SpongeBob meme face? ›


How do you draw SpongeBob? ›

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Is there a chicken in SpongeBob? ›

Sea Chicken is a sea chicken that appears in the episode "The Masterpiece." He is the owner and mascot of the Sea Chicken Shack, a restaurant in Bikini Bottom. Although they have never physically met, he and Mr.

What are the colors of SpongeBob? ›

SpongeBob SquarePants colors found in the logo are yellow, dark yellow, aqua blue, blue and white. Use this SpongeBob SquarePants TV show color scheme for digital or print projects that need to use specific color values to match their brand color palette.

What episode is SpongeBob a chicken? ›

In "Code Yellow", SpongeBob asks other doctors to hand him a "medical sea chicken" For those who don't know, a "chicken" is slang for marijuana. Some people smokes bubble pipes. In a certain episode, Mr.

What does it mean when a boy types in all lowercase? ›

Similarly, typing in lowercase (or inconsistent lowercase) can be a sign that someone is trying to convey casualness, even if they're not actually feeling casual.

What does it mean when someone capitalizes every other letter? ›

Alternating caps are typically used to display mockery in text messages. The randomized capitalization leads to the flow of words being broken, making it harder for the text to be read as it disrupts word identification even when the size of the letters is the same as in uppercase or lowercase.

What do caps mean in texting? ›

Dictionary.com credits some early internet message board denizens with setting the modern foundation for what we now collectively understand: Typing in all caps is essentially yelling. And just like yelling in real life, it is sometimes useful, and sometimes just plain rude.

What sin is Squidward? ›

Squidward Tentacles - Wrath

Fueled by both rage and sadness, Squidward is the incarnation of wrath. His barely contained furor at SpongeBob, Patrick and even his boss, Mr. Krabs, can be seen in nearly every episode Squidward appears in. Not only is he furious, he wants everyone else to suffer like him.

Is SpongeBob about nuclear testing? ›

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What is the dark secret of SpongeBob? ›

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What is SpongeBob's biggest secret? ›

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Should kids watch SpongeBob? ›

A beloved cartoon character may be slowing children's mental functions, a new study led a professor at the University of Virginia says. The new study suggests that watching just nine minutes of the Nickelodeon show "SpongeBob SquarePants" can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds.

Is 13 too old to watch SpongeBob? ›

According to Nickelodeon, the show was the top-rated animated kids' show on television for over 10 years, but millions of viewers in every age category tune in to watch the cartoon every month. Designed for children between the ages of 6 and 11, the show is rated TV-Y.

Why was SpongeBob season 10 so short? ›

It was originally planned to premiere in 2014, but it got delayed due to the production of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. On December 3, 2014, Vincent Waller announced on Twitter that there will be "15 half hours" in season 10.

Why do kids like SpongeBob so much? ›

Spongebob Squarepants is, in many ways, written like a child imagining being an adult — albeit, a child that's more aware of the world around him than most. It reminds me of that Rugrats episode where the main characters imagine what they think the day in the life of an adult is like.

Does SpongeBob have most memes? ›

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Why is SpongeBob so relatable? ›

Aside from its ubiquity, the show is just relatable. Its cast of characters is not only huge, but varied in personality, which means every human quirk imaginable (SpongeBob's disarming earnestness, Squidward's angsty cynicism) has its moment in the sun.

When did SpongeBob become popular? ›

Nickelodeon aired a preview for the series in the United States on May 1, 1999, after the airing of the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards. The series officially premiered on July 17, 1999. It gained enormous popularity by its second season, and has subsequently received worldwide critical acclaim.

Who is SpongeBob's girlfriend? ›

Sandra Jennifer "Sandy" Cheeks is a fictional character in the Nickelodeon franchise SpongeBob SquarePants. She is an anthropomorphic squirrel who wears a diving suit and lives underwater. Sandy is voiced by Carolyn Lawrence and first appeared in the episode "Tea at the Treedome" that premiered on May 1, 1999.

How old is SpongeBob? ›

According to creator Stephen Hillenburg, SpongeBob is meant to be ageless in order to appeal to a wider audience. Hillenburg has also stated that SpongeBob is 50 years old in “sponge years,” but he is likely vastly younger in human years.

How do you draw SpongeBob? ›

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Why do adults watch SpongeBob? ›

For adults, there's the quirky comedy that isn't lost on them as it may be on kids. Yes, at times the stories can get silly but the program is still funny. Maybe that's the true magic to the SpongeBob SquarePants formula.

Do kids still watch SpongeBob? ›

SpongeBob SquarePants is still the most popular children's TV show

What countries is SpongeBob popular in? ›

The show has been consistently popular across the world during its 20 years of airing. Currently, the countries where it has the highest level of demand are the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

What is SpongeBob's race? ›

SpongeBob is a light-skinned black character who may be able to pass as white in some situations.

What is SpongeBob's full name? ›

A square yellow sponge named SpongeBob SquarePants lives in a pineapple with his pet snail, Gary, in the city of Bikini Bottom on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.

When did SpongeBob end? ›

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"The SpongeBob Series Finale"
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