SpongeBob SquarePants

Bob the Sponge

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General information
Prototype of: SpongeBob SquarePants
Physical appearance
Gender: Male
Color: White
Classification: Sponge
Series information
Appearance: The Intertidal Zone comic
List of prototypes

Bob the Sponge is a very early version of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Creation and development

Stephen Hillenburg first made Bob the Sponge in 1989, for a comic book, Bob the Sponge co-stared with Rocky the Shrimp in the comic book. Bob the Sponge actually resembled a real sponge, but he wore sunglasses and had a mouth to speak with. Bob the Sponge had evolved into SpongeBoy around 1994, and later evolved into SpongeBob SquarePants. Bob the Sponge and SpongeBoy are both proto-types of SpongeBob, though SpongeBoy resembles SpongeBob more than what Bob the Sponge does.


  • SpongeBob's French name Bob l'éponge can be translated to Bob the Sponge.

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