Dark Facts About SpongeBob SquarePants That Will Ruin Your Childhood (2023)

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These dark “SpongeBob SquarePants” facts will blow your mind! For this list, we're looking at dark facts about the children's television series “SpongeBob SquarePants”. Our countdown includes sexual euphemisms, dirty jokes aimed at adults, grim storylines, and more!

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Dark Facts About SpongeBob SquarePants That Will Ruin Your Childhood

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants! Absorbent and yellow, and inappropriate is he? Sponge---oh… Oh, dear… We know that there are plenty of cartoons that squeeze in adult humor, but upon closer inspection, “SpongeBob SquarePants” just might be one of the most twisted kids shows to ever grace our TV screens. It’s also been dragged into a surprising amount of controversy.

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It isn’t uncommon to see the occasional lewd joke being made in a children’s cartoon. (Anyone else remember the Carpet Munchers from “Cow & Chicken”?) SpongeBob , on the other hand, makes them pretty frequently. One of the earliest examples comes from the episode “Texas” when SpongeBob and Patrick try come up with ways to prevent Sandy from moving back to Texas. After Patrick suggests bringing Texas to Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob exclaims, “Patrick, your genius is showing!” . . . at which our pink starfish covers his crotch in a panic. And this is nothing compared to some of the other lewd and crude gags that show up in later episodes.

“Karate Choppers” is another episode that arguably features subtle blue humor. You ever notice the way SpongeBob and Sandy talk about karate? Well, try replacing the word “karate” with a different word, and the episode begins taking a different form. The two become so obsessed with their new activity that SpongeBob gets fired. And if that doesn’t make you suspect that this episode is one 11-minute euphemism, you might want to rewatch the scene where SpongeBob and Sandy are “doing karate” over the phone.

Of course, there’s a ton of other obvious jokes throughout the show, from the panty raid in “Mid-Life Crustacean” to Spongebob’s “don’t-drop-the-soap” joke in “Gary Takes a Bath”. However, there’s been one inappropriate ongoing gag in the series that may have flown over every kid’s head - Squidward’s nose. There are many moments in the show where Squidward’s nose is flicked like a half-deflated balloon. In real life, squids have a siphon close to the beak used for locomotion. However, when the penis of a deep sea squid elongates, it can protrude well past the beak - as long as its entire body, head, mantle, arms and all. This has led some fans to look at Squidward’s nose in a different light.

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Of course, despite his name, Squidward isn’t actually a squid - he’s an octopus. We might be overthinking this . . . OK, we’re definitely overthinking this . . . but that doesn’t make the situation that much better. Like shallow water squids, a male octopus has a special arm used to reach into its mantle to collect spermatophores, which it then transfers to the female. So now we’ll always be wondering . . . when did Squidward last wash his hands?!

Some fan theories have been debunked, but still make a LOT of sense when we think about it. Take the “Nuclear Test Site” theory, for example. The island we occasionally see above Bikini Bottom is named Bikini Atoll, which - in the real world - was a nuclear test site in the 1940s and 50s. It would be a disturbing backstory as to how the underwater city came to be. Plus, it’d explain some of the random explosions from earlier episodes. However, SpongeBob’s voice actor Tom Kenny has debunked this theory. In an interview with Huffpost, Kenny confirmed that Bikini Bottom is named after Bikini Atoll, but clarified that SpongeBob and friends are not mutations; rather, Bikini Bottom is a world of its own.

The grim nature of the show doesn’t end there either. For years, we’ve been teased about the ingredients used to make a Krabby Patty. But what if the formula had a dark secret? (And we ain't talking about how we like our burgers cooked!) There is a very plausible theory that Mr. Krabs may be cannibal, and the parallels are damning. In the real world, it is common for crabs to fight, kill, and eat each other. While Eugene hasn't shown a lot of aggression, that doesn't explain why few crustaceans inhabit Bikini Bottom. Any crustacean that has appeared was either Larry the Lobster, or a friend or relative of Eugene. So, what if Mr. Krabs spends his downtime fighting other crabs and bringing them to the Krusty Krab to be cooked? It would explain the origin behind the Krabby Patty name and why the Krusty Krab looks a lot like a crab trap.

Surprisingly, these jokes and fan theories aren’t what has gotten our porous pal in trouble with parents. In 2005, James C. Dobson, the founder of Christian organization Focus on the Family, criticized a video that featured SpongeBob alongside other cartoon characters as they promoted diversity and tolerance. He claimed that SpongeBob was being used to advocate homosexuality. Prior to this, series creator Stephen Hillenburg had stated that SpongeBob was “somewhat asexual”. Dobson later attempted to clarify that his real problem was with one of the video’s sponsors, We Are Family Foundation - formed to educate kids about respect and cultural diversity in the wake of 9/11. The foundation’s website, Dobson said, included links to LGBT rights organizations. For Dobson, that was damning.

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This wouldn’t be the last time that SpongeBob was accused of pushing agendas. In 2005, Nickelodeon aired a SpongeBob short called “The Endless Summer” where Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob release massive amounts of carbon dioxide and cause Bikini Bottom to become uninhabitable. SIX...YEARS...LATER, FOX News uncovered the episode and accused the show of pushing a liberal agenda - protesting that global warming was being presented as a fact.

While SpongeBob has been controversial when it comes to hot-button topics, the show has also caused a stir regarding children’s learning and cognitive abilities. In 2005, the episode “Sailor Mouth” came under fire by the Parents Television Council for allegedly making light of children using profanity and teaching kids it was okay to swear. Four years earlier, the PTC had listed "SpongeBob SquarePants" as one of the best cable TV shows of the 2001-02 season - the same season "Sailor Mouth" debuted in.

SpongeBob would once again be blamed for being a negative influence after a study conducted in medical journal Pediatrics surfaced in 2011. The study showed incomplete episodes from two cartoons to 4-year-olds, reporting that those who watched “SpongeBob ” had “...performed significantly worse on the executive function tasks…”. Nickelodeon would respond by clarifying that “SpongeBob ” is not meant to be watched by the same age group used in the study and claimed that the study used “questionable methodology”.

What’s odd about “SpongeBob ”, however, is that none of this has been the show at its grimmest. People can be divided over any of the aforementioned episodes, but of them all, “One Coarse Meal” was SpongeBob at its ugliest. The plot revolves around Mr. Krabs discovering Plankton’s fear of whales and using his phobia for cheap laughs. He torments him for so long that it causes Plankton to want to commit suicide. “One Coarse Meal” has gone down as the most despised episode in the show’s history and the epitome of the show’s declining quality in later years.

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Sure, we can just accept that SpongeBob is just a joyful yellow kitchen sponge under the sea. We can put a smile on our faces and allow ourselves to get lost in Bikini Bottom’s flower-covered skies and jellyfish fields. But now that we’re older and wiser, there may be more sinister things lying beneath the surface. What other cartoon shows characters go on a panty raid, may live in a nuclear test site, or possibly cook their own kind? Or...maybe we’re simply overanalyzing everything.



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What is the dark story behind SpongeBob? ›

One theory from antinestio suggested that Bikini Bottom was "under island Bikini Atoll, which is not only where nuclear weapons were tested but also what the bikini swimsuit was named after." The actual bottom of Bikini Atoll on the Marshal Islands, where the US Government conducted 23 Nuclear tests during the cold war ...

What is SpongeBob's full name? ›

SpongeBob SquarePants is the protagonist of the American animated television series of the same name. Voiced by Tom Kenny, he is characterized by his optimism and childlike attitude.

Is SpongeBob a 13? ›

This shows a birth date of July 14, 1986, which would make him 13.

What are some obscure facts about SpongeBob? ›

02 SpongeBob SquarePants initially had the name SpongeBoy. 03 The show's creator studied marine biology. 04 Much like SpongeBob, Stephen Hillenburg once worked as a fry cook. 05 The characters of the show were based on Stephen Hillenburg's unpublished comic book.

What evil stands for SpongeBob? ›

Every Villain Is Lemons (otherwise known as E.V.I.L.) is a gang of evildoers in SpongeBob SquarePants. The first version of the group consists of Man Ray, the Dirty Bubble and Barnacle Man that serve the main antagonistic faction in the episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V".

What is SpongeBob's villain? ›

Sheldon J. Plankton, better known as Sheldon Plankton, simply known as Plankton is the main antagonist of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants franchise.

Is SpongeBob a kid or a grown up? ›

The network's executives wanted SpongeBob to be a child in school, but Hillenburg preferred SpongeBob to be an adult character.

Is SpongeBob OK for kids? ›

Designed for children between the ages of 6 and 11, the show is rated TV-Y. While that rating indicates it is suitable for all children, there are some aspects parents should be aware of before they let their kids watch.

Is SpongeBob 12 years old? ›

In the episode "Sleepy Time," fans get a glimpse of SpongeBob's drivers license, which lists his birthday as July 14, 1986. Given the episode aired in 2000, this puts SpongeBob at 14 years old -- if the show's timeline aligns with the episode air dates, that is.

Is SpongeBob 21 years old? ›

In the Season 1 episode "Sleepy Time," fans got a glimpse of SpongeBob's driver's license, which listed his birthday as July 14, 1986. Since the episode aired in 2000, this put SpongeBob at 14 years old -- if the show's timeline aligns with its episode air dates, that is.

What does SpongeBob not like to do? ›

He is afraid of the dark and clowns. He also hates hot sauce. Occasionally, SpongeBob is too ignorant to notice impending danger and his unworldly thinking may put himself or others in peril.

What is the word SpongeBob backwards? ›

Spongebob backwards is bobegnops.

Who is god in SpongeBob? ›

In the universe of SpongeBob SquarePants, Neptune is the god and supreme ruler of the sea.

Who is the most evil SpongeBob villain? ›

The Kraken, the Around the Clock at Bikini Bottom's version of the Overlord and The Bikini Bottom Horror version of SpongeBob are the only villains in the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise to be Pure Evil. The Kraken is also the only canon SpongeBob SquarePants Pure Evil.

What is SpongeBob's weakness? ›

SpongeBob's Weaknesses

SpongeBob can absorb things like punches or blows, but even SpongeBob has weaknesses: Dehydration, (in the episodes and movies Tea at the Treedome, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Squirrel Jokes and Yours, Mine and Mine) Pepper Spray (No Free Rides)

How evil is Plankton? ›

Plankton is shown to be an evil mastermind through and through, with signs of having a napoleonic complex due to his very short stature. His plans always involve technological devices and weapons, all for the sake of the formula. Although sometimes, he merely wants to expand his business or ruin the Krusty Krab.

What is the dark secret of Krabby Patty? ›

One of the most popular and disturbing fan theories is that the Krabby Patty formula's secret ingredient is crab meat. It would be an ironic truth considering the creator of the Krabby Patty is a crab. Hard evidence for this theory is lacking, but the hamburger's name may tell fans everything they need to know.

What is the darkest episode of SpongeBob? ›

Just barely missing the mark at being the all-time darkest episode of SpongeBob is "One Coarse Meal". One of the most hated SpongeBob episodes of all time, and as you can see, one of the darkest as well. It involves an attempted theft, a phobia, a prank gone WAY too far, and an attempted suicide to top it all off.

What is the main 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.

What is Mrs Puff Dark Past? ›

Mrs. Puff was married to another pufferfish named Mr. Puff in the past, but he was captured by humans and turned into a novelty lamp – SpongeBob tells Mr. Krabs that Mrs.

Is Mr. Krabs a sugar daddy? ›

Krabs "daddy" because he is her sugar daddy and not her father. The article noted that the theory was impossible within the show's universe, but it had seen "a resurgence" of popularity on Twitter, where one post of it received more than 53,000 likes within three days.

What's the secret recipe in SpongeBob? ›

The Krabby Patty is made out of a frozen meatless burger with buns, the patty, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, ketchup, mustard, and onions and with other elements according to a Krabby Patty secret formula, though said secret formula has never been revealed in the series.

Do Krabby Patties have meat? ›

That said, CinemaBlend was able to squeeze out a secret behind what's in a Krabby Patty thanks to Spongebob producer Vincent Waller. Here's what he had to say: The one thing I can tell you that Steve Hillenburg has let slip is there is absolutely no meat in the Krabby Patty. There is no animal product in there.

What is the scariest scene in SpongeBob? ›

Spongebob's Spookiest Scares Ranked
  • Mr. Krabs' Journey to the Dutchman's Triangle. ...
  • Attack of the Alaskan Bull Worm. ...
  • Bikini Bottom Gets Zombie Patty'd. ...
  • Patrick Unzipped. ...
  • Say Hello to the Flying Dutchman. ...
  • The Rise of Sponge-Gary. ...
  • Spongebob vs.

Does SpongeBob ever cuss? ›

Spongebob and Patrick say a bad word that is bleeped out in the season 12 episode SpongeBobs Big Birthday Blowout. In the episode Sailor Mouth, a bad word is used 55 times throughout the whole episode, but it is bleeped out. The word crummy is used in some episodes.

What is the cursed episode of SpongeBob? ›

Madam Hagfish puts a hex on the Krusty Krab, and SpongeBob and Patrick search for a legendary drain on the ocean floor.

What does SpongeBob do to kids? ›

Four-year-olds who watched nine minutes of the fast-paced cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants showed temporary attention and learning problems, researchers found. The study compared 60 children who were randomly assigned to watch SpongeBob, the slower-paced PBS cartoon Caillou or to draw pictures as a control.

Does SpongeBob have a deeper meaning? ›

In deeper reflection, SpongeBob is a medium for self-reflection. 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.

What does SpongeBob believe in? ›

SpongeBob believes in himself, and it shows every time we see him wake up loud and proud each morning.

How old is bubble bass? ›

Although his exact age has currently yet to be revealed, a comment he made in "Swamp Mates" reveals that Bubble Bass is older than 23. In "Moving Bubble Bass", it was revealed that Bubble Bass has a pet worm.

What is plankton's full name? ›

Sheldon J. Plankton is a pint-sized microbe with an evil plan… to steal the Krusty Krabs' secret Krabby Patty recipe! Along with his computer wife, K.A.R.E.N., Plankton is always scheming to rule the restaurant business… and the world.


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