11 Spongebob Facts Even Superfans Don't Know
Each of the main characters in Spongebob Squarepants was inspired by one of the seven deadly sins.
This surprising revelation was made in the audio commentary included with the episode “Plankton!” on the DVD boxset of the show’s first season. The disc does not establish which characters match up with each sin, but as an avid Spongebob fan, I believe the comparisons are fairly straightforward:
1. Greed (Mr. Krabs) - this is by far the most obvious comparison that can be made. The avarice of Eugene Krabs is made painfully clear throughout the series. He is constantly thinking of ways to turn a profit, even if it involves taking advantage of his friends or putting them in harmful situations! In one episode, he sings a song called “If I Could Talk to Money”...and there’s even a wiki page devoted to compiling all of his greedy plans!
2. Envy (Plankton) - another no brainer. With all of Krabs’ wealth and good fortune, there has been an equal amount of hard luck and failure for his archrival, Sheldon Plankton. Plankton owns a struggling restaurant called “The Chum Bucket” and is consumed with the desire to achieve the success of his adversary. His life’s goal is to steal the Krabby Patty formula from his Krabs and drive his primary competitor out of business.
3. Sloth (Patrick) - the guy lives under a rock for crying out loud! If that isn’t enough to convince you, in the episode “Big Pink Loser” Patrick is given an award for ‘doing absolutely nothing longer than anyone else’. He then proceeds go back under his rock to protect his title.
4. Pride (Sandy) - the fact that Sandy Cheeks is from Texas alone should almost suffice for this one. She is a squirrel that is very proud of her heritage, so much so that in one episode she nearly moved back home! Sandy also takes a great deal of satisfaction in being the only land critter living down in Bikini Bottom among all the fishy folk. Though generally a good-natured individual, Sandy is quick to spout off about the greatness of the Lone Star state or to show off her athleticism in a karate match or a weightlifting contest.
5. Wrath (Squidward) - Squidward Tentacles has no qualms about expressing his negative outlook on life, whether it be by describing how much he hates his job at the Krusty Krab or through outward disdain for his two obnoxious neighbors. He is portrayed as a general failure who refuses to acknowledge his own personal flaws. This constant self-denial manifests itself in a sarcastic sense of humor and resentment toward the society that doesn’t ‘appreciate’ his creativity and clarinet...erm...”skills”.
6. Gluttony (Gary) - now this one’s a bit trickier. Those who have watched a great deal of the series will have noticed a number of jokes about Spongebob having to remember to feed his pet snail. To be honest, Gary doesn’t do a whole lot besides eating and meowing, and the meowing is often due to the fact that he is hungry. Once when Spongebob hadn’t fed his pet, Gary is shown eating parts of their couch! In another episode, Gary runs away from home because Spongebob forgot to feed him for a while. Another time when Spongebob had amnesia, Gary ate a year’s supply of snail food and became morbidly obese! This proves beyond a doubt that when left to his own devices, Gary would rather do nothing but eat.
7. Lust (Spongebob) - our final analogy is probably the least apparent because we typically think of ‘lust’ in a sexual sense. However, the alternative definition for lust is simply “a passionate desire for something”. In this sense of the word, it cannot be denied that our absorbent yellow friend is an extremely lustful creature. Spongebob has a lust for life that is incomparable to most other cartoon characters - he yearns for the affections of both friend and foe alike, is eager to please, and will often stop at nothing to complete a task.
The voice of Spongebob Squarepants is married to the woman who voices Plankton’s computer wife Karen!
Tom Kenny and his wife Jill Talley first appeared together on the short-lived FOX sketch-comedy series The Edge from 1992 to 1993, and later on HBO’s Mr. Show from 1995 to 1998. We have already covered Kenny’s various vocal roles in a previous fact, but his wife has also had a great deal of success. Jill Talley appeared as three characters on the Cartoon Network show Camp Lazlo and as Sarah Dubois on Adult Swim’s The Boondocks. She has also landed minor acting roles in films such as Little Miss Sunshine and Sky High.
Every time a disaster strikes on Spongebob Squarepants, the same voice yells “My leg!”
The voice belongs to a generic fish named Fred, though most of the time he is not able to be seen when the yelling is heard. The gag was first used in the ninth episode of Season 1, “Boating School”. However, the origin of the voice is not revealed until the episode “Arrgh!” later that season, when Mr. Krabs throws Fred out of the Krusty Krab by his legs. Here is a small compilation of many of the times Fred yells on the show. Check it out below - it’s kind of like Spongebob’s version of the ‘Wilhelm Scream’:
The only main character on Spongebob Squarepants that is actually a fish is Mrs. Puff.
Spongebob - sponge (parazoan)
Patrick - starfish (echinoderm)
Squidward - squid (cephalopod)
Sandy - squirrel (rodent)
Mr. Krabs - crab (crustacean)
Plankton - plankton (protozoan)
Pearl - whale (cetacean)
Mrs. Puff - blowfish (fish)
A species of mushroom was named after Spongebob Squarepants.
A new species of mushroom has the name Spongiforma squarepantsii. Strangely enough, this new species isn’t the only mushroom in the Spongiforma genus. Even though S. squarepantsii is a fungus, not a sponge, the researchers were inspired to name it after Spongebob because it looks like a sea sponge.
Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants is an octopus, not a squid.
Yes, his name is rather counterintuitive, but the show’s creator, Stephen Hillenburg, asserts that Spongebob’s cranky neighbor is definitely an octopus (someone really ought to straighten this out with his voice actor though...) Another fact that settles this debate is that Squidward possesses an octopus’s rounded head, not the distinctive pointy mantle of a squid.
As for his misleading name, honestly...would “Octoward” Tentacles have a better ring to it?? Although, if you really think about it, we should technically be calling Squidward a ‘hexapus’ since he only has six legs and not the usual eight! Hillenburg said this choice was made to keep the character from appearing too bulky and burdened.
This is indicated in The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie by our hero\'s 374 consecutive Employee of the Month awards. That may seem like a long time, but the funny thing is, for SpongeBob it isn\'t. Sponges can live to be 500 years old!
Stephen Hillenburg first came up with the idea for SpongeBob back in 1984while teaching and studying marine biology at what is now the Orange County Ocean Institute. While at school, Hillenburg developed a love of animation and produced his own comic book called The Intertidal Zone.
His comic book starred many sea creatures with human characteristics, many of which served as inspiration for characters on the future TV show. The co-host of the comic, "Bob the Sponge," originally resembled an actual sea sponge much more closely than he does now!
Tom Kenny, the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, is also the voice of Dog on Catdog and the Mayor of Townsville on The Powerpuff Girls!
He\'s also done voice work for Rocko\'s Modern Life, Dragon Ball Z, Futurama, and The Fairly Oddparents. He also lent his talents to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and he\'ll be playing Rabbit in the new Winnie the Pooh movie.
Bikini Bottom (where SpongeBob lives in a pineapple under the sea) is a fictional underwater city, but it is set beneath the ocean just off the coast of an actual island! Bikini Atoll (I wonder where the name came from?) is part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. It is made completely of coral and surrounds a central lagoon.
However, according to the show's creator, much of Bikini Bottom itself was actually based on the city of Seattle.
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This is shown on SpongeBob's driver's license, which would make him 13 years old at the time of the show's premiere. However, creator Stephen Hillenburg has gone on the record saying that SpongeBob has no real specific age - he is just old enough to live on his own and be going to boating school.
The character was originally intended to be named "SpongeBoy" - unfortunately this was already the name of a mop product!