SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series and media franchise. It is currently Nickelodeon's, and is among Nicktoons Network's most-watched shows. In 2007, TIME magazine named it one of the greatest television shows of all time. Although its original network is Nickelodeon, SpongeBob is now broadcast around the world. It was created by artist, animator and former marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, and is produced through his production company, United Plankton Pictures, Inc. It is the second longest-running Nicktoon, next to the Rugrats.
The series is set in the Pacific Ocean, in the fictional city of Bikini Bottom and on the surrounding lagoon floor. The pilot episode first aired in the United States on NickelodeonNickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on May 1, 1999. The "official" series premiereBubblestand/Ripped Pants." after the followed on July 17, 1999, with the second episode, "
The series star is a character who is a sea sponge, but in shape and color his body more closely resembles a kitchen sponge.
This is a list of characters from the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. The main characters in the show are SpongeBob SquarePants and his pet snail Gary, SpongeBob's friends Patrick, Squidward and Sandy, and two restaurateur rivals; Mr. Krabs and Plankton.
Various celebrities have voiced roles in SpongeBob SquarePants. Some play recurring characters such as Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway voicing the roles of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, while others have taken a one off part.
SpongeBob SquarePants (character)
SpongeBob SquarePants, the title character, is a friendly and optimistic sea sponge who physically resembles a kitchen sponge, and lives in a pineapple on 124 Conch Street. He works at The Krusty Krab as a fry cook (for which he was named "Employee of the Month" many times), practices karate, enjoys jellyfishing, and attends Mrs. Puff's Boating School. SpongeBob's best friend is Patrick and he has a pet sea snail named Gary.
SpongeBob was originally named "SpongeBoy" by the series creators, but it was later changed due to trademark issues. Green and purple were early color choices for the character before his classic yellow was chosen.
Patrick Star is an overweight pink sea star who lives under a rock and is SpongeBob's best friend. Patrick is not very intelligent, however he still offers SpongeBob advice and encourages dangerous and/or foolish activities which often get the two into trouble. But, like most cartoon idiots, he has occasional bursts of genius.Patrick's parents, Herb and Margie, are rarely seen in the series. He was once thought to be king of Bikini Bottom.
Squidward Tentacles Squidward Q. Tentacles is SpongeBob and Patrick's cranky neighbor. His species is ambiguous, as has been called both a squid and an octopus by the series creators. Squidward is bald with green skin, a large nose, and lives in an Easter Island head located between SpongeBob's and Patrick's residences. He works as a cashier at the Krusty Krab, a job he despises. SpongeBob and Patrick consider Squidward their friend, but the feeling is not mutual. Squidward's hobby is playing the clarinet, though he is not very good at it. His main rival is Squilliam Fancyson, his former band classmate and the richest squid in Bikini Bottom.
The series animators illustrated Squidward with six tentacles, believing that giving him the proper number for an octopus (eight) made him look too burdened.
Sandy Cheeks is a squirrel who is SpongeBob's closest friend after Patrick. She is the series' only land-based character (originally from Texas), but lives in a large underwater home known as the "Treedome", which contains a large oxygen-producing oak tree and is sponsored by three primate scientists who provide her with grants so she can invent mechanical devices. She is a scientific genius, practices karate with SpongeBob, and enjoys extreme sports.
Eugene H. Krabs is the cheapskate owner and founder of the Krusty Krab. He is a red crab, though his daughter, Pearl is a whale. He is the employer of both SpongeBob and Squidward. Despite his attitude and love of money, Mr. Krabs is often respected by SpongeBob while Squidward tends to loathe him.
Sheldon J. Plankton is a small green copepod who is Mr. Krabs's nemesis and an antagonist Plankton is married to a computer named Karen, and nearly became Mr. Krabs' stepfather in the episode "Enemy-In-Law." His main goal in life is to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula and put Mr. Krabs out of business. Plankton succeeds at stealing the formula in the movie, but his goal of world domination is thwarted by SpongeBob. of the series. He runs an unsuccessful restaurant called the Chum Bucket, located directly across the street from the Krusty Krab.
Gary the Snail
Voice Actor: Tom Kenny
Gary The Snail is SpongeBob's pet sea snail. As worms are analogous to dogs in the series, snails are to cats, and Gary vocalizes like one. He does various chores for SpongeBob, such as making his breakfast and paying the electric bill.
Mrs. Puff (Mary Jo Catlett) - A white-spotted puffer with blonde hair and green fins who is the owner and teacher of a boating school (analogous to a driving school). She dreads teaching SpongeBob due to his reckless boating.
Pearl Krabs (Lori Alan) - Mr. Krabs' sixteen-year-old whale daughter, who is fairly popular but is sometimes teased about her father's cheapness.
Larry the Lobster (Doug Lawrence) - The crustacean lifeguard of Goo Lagoon, Larry is a bodybuilder and workout fanatic.
Mermaid Man (Ernest Borgnine) and Barnacle Boy (Tim Conway) - Two aged superheroes that live in a retirement home whom SpongeBob and Patrick watch on television. Mermaid Man's catchphrase is "EVIL!", and the characters are the only animated humans in SpongeBob SquarePants.
The Flying Dutchman (Brian Doyle-Murray) - A pirate ghost named after the famous ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman. He lives underwater in a giant ship, and collects souls in a knapsack.
Karen (Jill Talley) - Sheldon Plankton's computer WIFE (Wired Integrated Female Electroencephalograph) who often expresses human emotions. She helps Plankton in his schemes to steal the Krabby Patty formula.
French Narrator (Tom Kenny) - He speaks at the start of some episodes, and has a French accent. He is seen as a scuba diver with a TV camera, and was once hit by SpongeBob when driving a boat with Mrs. Puff. On the November 16, 2004 episode of the NPR program Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Kenny admitted that Jacques Cousteau was the inspiration for the French narrator, as series creator Stephen Hillenburg considered him an idol.
Patchy the Pirate (Tom Kenny) - A live-action character who is the president of the SpongeBob fan club and lives in Encino. He hosts SpongeBob specials and related major events.
Potty the Parrot (Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt) - Potty is a character that appears in the live actions segments of special events. It is a crudely made puppet, controlled by very obvious strings. Potty is Patchy the Pirate's mischievous pet parrot who enjoys playing practical jokes on Patchy.
Harold SquarePants (Tom Kenny) and Claire SquarePants (Sirena Irwin) - SpongeBob's parents, who more resemble sea sponges rather than SpongeBob's shape as a kitchen sponge.
King Neptune (Jeffrey Tambor) - The ill-tempered king of the ocean, King Neptune is a massive green merman with a ginger beard and a bald head. Patrick has a crush on his daughter, Mindy, who appeared only in the movie. He was voiced by Jeffrey Tambor in the movie, and Paul Tibbitt and John O'Hurley in the series.
Stanley SquarePants (Christopher Guest) - SpongeBob's cousin who has a similar appearance to SpongeBob, but is much taller. Stanley is accident prone and causes destruction wherever he goes