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Top 10 Worst Things That Ever Happened to SpongeBob SquarePants

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Joey Turner
Sometimes, even our favorite porous pal can’t catch a break. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Things That Ever Happened to SpongeBob SquarePants. For this list, we’re reluctantly looking through some of the worst occurrences that have left our favorite little square dude battered, unfairly punished, and even driven to the point of tears. Warning, not only are these moments hard to watch, but they also contain spoilers. Think you know SpongeBob? Be sure to answer the trivia questions in between some of our entries. There’s three in total, and the answers will be revealed at the end of the video. How many can you get right?
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Sometimes, even our favorite porous pal can’t catch a break. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Things That Ever Happened to SpongeBob SquarePants.

For this list, we’re reluctantly looking through some of the worst occurrences that have left our favorite little square dude battered, unfairly punished, and even driven to the point of tears. Warning, not only are these moments hard to watch, but they also contain spoilers.

Think you know SpongeBob? Be sure to answer the trivia questions in between some of our entries. There’s three in total, and the answers will be revealed at the end of the video. How many can you get right?

#10: Getting Fired from the Krusty Krab


SpongeBob loves his job at the Krusty Krab, but one day, the unthinkable happens – Mr. Krabs fires him just so that the greedy crustacean would save a measly nickel. SpongeBob goes into a depression before finally attempting to get back out there, only to get harshly rejected by other restaurants for only being able to produce burgers. That is, until they decide they want him back and abduct him. The only other times SpongeBob had been fired were for more legitimate reasons, but the reasoning for THIS termination is just absurd. Even when he does get his job back, it feels unsatisfying knowing how poorly Krabs can treat what is arguably his best employee – not that SpongeBob seems to mind.

Alright, time for question #1:

What name does SpongeBob give to his spatula in the episode “Little Yellow Book”? Remember, the answers will be revealed at the of the video!

#9: Gummy


SpongeBob and Patrick are celebrating Best Friends Day, and Patrick gives SpongeBob his most beloved possession – a giant wad of used chewing gum –affectionately named Gummy. A touching gesture, except that the ball is a foul-smelling eyesore, and apparently other poor citizens were trapped in its gooey center. Unfortunately, SpongeBob becomes Gummy’s next ensnared victim as the gum covers his entire house –and no one is safe from its sticky grasp. On top of that, when Patrick sees everyone tangled in this mess, all he can think of is how much fun they’re all having with HIS Gummy. Yes, because nothing says ‘friendship’ like letting your best friend get forcefully entrapped by moldy gum.

#8: Squidward Reading His Diaries


SpongeBob’s grumpy neighbor isn’t typically a great friend, but this is bad even for him. Squidward gets a hold of SpongeBob’s diary and reads it aloud to the customers –who don’t even try to stop him- and then turns the fry cook’s more embarrassing secrets into a humiliating spectacle. SpongeBob runs out in tears, but rather than apologize, half of Bikini Bottom goes out of its way to shame and antagonize Squidward to ease their own guilt –because hypocrisy is always the way to go. Sadly, SpongeBob’s the only one to take the high road and forgive his grumpy neighbor… until Squidward reads his SECOND diary –relishing in SpongeBob’s sorrow while being pelted with tomatoes by angry hypocrites.

#7: SpongeBob NudiePants


Mr. Krabs warns everyone about the invading fishermen hooks. SpongeBob tries to heed his boss’ warnings, but the temptation to play on the hooks –made worse by Patrick’s prodding- is too strong for out little fry cook, and he ends up getting his pants hooked. In danger of being dragged up to the surface, SpongeBob has no choice but to strip naked… in front of a group of teenage girls. It turns out that Mr. Krabs set up this particular hook to scare SpongeBob straight, and while he definitely needed to learn his lesson, it was still a little mean to publicly humiliate the little guy like this.

#6: His Horrible Insomnia


Cheap old Mr. Krabs snaps at SpongeBob for using a LITTLE too much mustard on a Krabby Patty and accuses the little fry cook of not getting enough sleep. This frightens poor SpongeBob until he actually CAN’T sleep –and when he asks Patrick to help, the bloated starfish only makes it worse. After a horrific night of hallucinating, he comes into work exhausted and unable to beat his newfound insomnia. SpongeBob was perfectly fine until Krabs got into his head; it makes you wonder who’s more likely to jeopardize the Krusty Krab – a slightly tired SpongeBob, or a stingy tightwad who overreacts to a minor inconvenience and scares his employees sleepless.

Okay, it’s time for question #2:

What Louisiana-inspired dish does Plankton serve at the Chum Bucket?

#5: Le Spatula


At the Krusty Krab, a customer orders a Monster Krabby Patty, but it proves too much for SpongeBob as he breaks his beloved spatula. SpongeBob must reluctantly find a replacement spatula, and comes across the technologically advanced –and stupidly overpriced- Le Spatula. He ends up selling his whole house, and his clothes, to buy Le Spatula… only for the sentient tool to rudely leave SpongeBob in the dust. This was obviously a lesson about not falling for all the glitters, but this was needlessly cruel to have SpongeBob literally give up everything for a useless, snobby, glorified cooking device. Thankfully, in the end, SpongeBob is happily reunited with his loyal, one true spatula.

#4: Getting Stuck in the Wringer


After taking a shower, SpongeBob accidentally gets lodged in his wringer, and Patrick –the ‘best friend’, stupidly makes it worse with “forever glue”. Unable to work, SpongeBob is treated to a day out by his pink pal –which mostly consists of PATRICK having fun while SpongeBob suffers because of his condition. He finally blows his stack and rightfully calls Patrick out for his blundering …but the townsfolk shame him for yelling at his so-called friend. How is it fair to call SpongeBob the bad guy for standing up for himself –especially since this was literally all Patrick’s fault? These two may be best buddies –but moments like this make us wonder why.

#3: Snail Plasma


SpongeBob goes out of town for the weekend and leaves Squidward to look after Gary –only to return home and find his snail pal neglected and sick. When they call a doctor, Squidward accidentally injects SpongeBob with snail plasma – while Gary makes a full recovery, SpongeBob undergoes a painfully hideous transformation into a snail –not unlike the iconic “An American Werewolf in London” scene. This is even worse than the later episode where Gary runs away; at least THAT has a happy ending. But here, SpongeBob is forced to endure the consequences of Squidward’s carelessness when all he wanted was a fun weekend away. Thankfully, Squidward gets rightfully punished at the end.

#2: National No SpongeBob Day



Everyone in Bikini Bottom has mysteriously vanished, leaving SpongeBob all alone. After weeks filled with paranoia and loneliness, we finally find out what became of the townsfolk – it turns out they were off celebrating “National No SpongeBob Day” –a whole ‘day’ dedicated to getting away from him. That’s right, they created a whole holiday with the sole purpose of avoiding their porous ‘friend’ and having fun at his expense. Even Patrick took part! We get it, SpongeBob can be tiresome, but this is just too much –and making him feel flattered about it doesn’t make it any better.

Here’s the third and final question:

Before working on Rocko's Modern Life and creating SpongeBob SquarePants, what did Stephen Hillenburg do for a living?

#1: The Splinter


At work, SpongeBob gets a nasty splinter jammed in his thumb; not only is it extremely painful, but it can’t be removed without graphically ripping off his own skin. When Squidward scares him into thinking he’ll be sent home due to his injury, SpongeBob desperately seeks help from Dr. Patrick …who only makes the affliction worse than it already was. Not only is the episode needlessly graphic, but it’s extremely uncomfortable to watch our absorbent protagonist suffer a gruesome injury, and the paranoia of leaving work early, while two of his ‘friends’ do absolutely nothing to help him. Even the removal of the splinter leaves a disgusting taste in our mouths.

Alright, guys - here are the answers:

Question 1: What does SpongeBob name his spatula?
Answer: Fifi
Though SpongeBob’s trusty spatula is typically called Spat, his diary reveals its true name.

Question 2: What Louisiana-inspired dish is served at the Chum Bucket?
Answer: Chumbalaya
Karen feeds Chumbalaya to disgusted customers at the Chum Bucket in the episode "Lame and Fortune."

Question 3: What was Stephen Hillenburg’s old job?
Answer: Marine Biology teacher
Hillenberg taught at the Orange County Marine Institute while working on his animated shorts “The Green Beret” and “Wormholes.”

So, how many did you get right? If you liked this, be sure to check out our Interactive Trivia on WatchMojo.com, and let us know in the comments if you'd like to see us do more trivia in future videos.
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