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Born to Be Wild
Season №: 4
Episode №: 78a
Airdate: March 31, 2007
Sister episode(s): "Best Frenemies"
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Steven Banks
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Technical: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Rule of Dumb"
Next: "Best Frenemies"
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"Born to Be Wild" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick think that vicious bikers are coming to Bikini Bottom.



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SpongeBob is jellyfishing and tells a jellyfish to stay off the road because it's dangerous. Some men on motorcycles drive past him, and SpongeBob holds on to one of the men's jackets, ripping a 'M' off of the jacket. He looks at the jacket when he has to let go of it. He presumes it says "The ild Ones," but he soon notices the "W" in his hand and figures out that they are called "The Wild Ones." After someone tells him about "The Wild Ones," SpongeBob runs to tell Mr. Krabs (actually, SpongeBob "takes the shortcut, which is a piggyback ride on a bubble).

He does not listen, so he tells Patrick. Mr. Krabs puts up a banner saying 'WELCOME WILD ONES!' on the Krusty Krab and raises his prices in order to get them to eat there after hearing SpongeBob described them as "ravenous."

After Patrick says that if they dressed up like bikers, they would be the big scary bikers, SpongeBob and Patrick decide to dress in biker attire and ride into town on a paddle-unicycle and a paddle-tricycle, respectively. After the bikers arrive at The Krusty Krab, it turns out that they are old folks.

The actual name of the biker gang is 'The Mild Ones'. SpongeBob had the 'M' upside-down. The biker that had the "M" ripped off of his jacket gets his "M" back from SpongeBob, and The Mild Ones ride away. Shortly after this, it is revealed that Squidward decided to join with them.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Barbecue Beach - Martin Busca, Thomas Klein [title card]
  Marlin March - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob jellyfishing]
  Barbecue Beach - Martin Busca, Thomas Klein ["The -ild Ones. That's a strange name."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm, W."]
  Old 49er - hillbilly warns SpongeBob about The Wild Ones
  Lovely Scenery C - Mladen Franko ["Bloodthirsty bikers?!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [shortcut]
  Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [SpongeBob barricading the door]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Ravenous, did you say?"]
  Dingle's Regatta - Brian Peters [biker decor]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cries]
  Barbecue Beach - Martin Busca, Thomas Klein [bikers heading toward Bikini Bottom]
  Drama Link (e) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob warns Squidward]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["I know just what you should do."]
  Nude Sting - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Squidward kicks SpongeBob]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob warns Patrick]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [they panic]
  Steel Sting (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield [clam spits SpongeBob, Patrick out]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [lawnmower]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick scream]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Say that again, Patrick."]
  Twang Bar Blues 1 - Steve Byrd [SpongeBob and Patrick dressed as bikers]
  Jovial Jack - Philippe Pares [riding unicycles]
  Steel Link (c) - "Patrick, it's working."
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [at the Krusty Krab]
  The Sword of Damocles - Jack Beaver [montage of SpongeBob overreacting]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["SpongeBob, you always overreact to everything!"]
  Rescue - Cecil Milner [bikers arrive]
  Grass Skirts Blowing - Jan Rap [ending]



  • The first day this episode and "Best Frenemies" first premiered, it was rated TV-Y. Later airings are TV-Y7, as it should be.
  • A similar situation was used in a 2007 film, Wild Hogs.
  • When Patrick says "Leather hats" and "Leather pants", he points to the wrong places as a joke showing his stupidity.
    • In Indonesia, he says leather pants first, then leather hats.
  • The Greek title for this episode is οι άγριοι which means The wilds.
  • The Arabic title for this episode is الآحاد البرية (alahad albaria "say: El-ah-had-u Dor-rrea-do) which means Wild Ones.
  • Born to Be Wild was mistaken on many sites to be called Burn To Be Wild.
  • Old Man Jenkins is one of The Mild Ones.
  • This is the third time that the letters W and M were switched around; the first being in "No Weenies Allowed" and the second being in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV."
  • This marks the 150th episode segment of the series.
  • In Germany, it was titled "Wilde Jungs" ("Wild Boys").
  • SpongeBob's biker outfit consists of:
    • A red and white striped long sleeved top
    • A denim waistcoat
    • Jeans
    • Brown work boots
    • And a round helmet with a spike and a skull.
      • His bike is his paddle-unicycle (which was mostly seen in few episodes).
  • Patrick's biker outfit consists of:
    • A yellow-ish t-shirt
    • A black leather jacket with a high collar
    • Blue denim shorts with a big belt with a skull on it
    • And a black cap.
      • His bike is a paddle-tricycle.
  • When SpongeBob takes the shortcut, he breaks the fourth wall by riding the transition.
  • This episode was aired in Latin America before it premiered in the United States.
  • This episode contains the second Goofy Goober reference outside the first movie. The first was the Goofy Goober Back Scratcher in "Chimps Ahoy."
  • This is the second time a shortcut to the Krusty Krab is shown with the first time being in "Wormy."
  • This is the second episode where the title starts with the word born, the first was "Born Again Krabs."
  • Patrick is again wearing his Goofy Goober underpants as seen in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

Cultural references

  • The title is of course a reference to the song from the film Easy Rider, Born to be Wild.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick's attire were inspired by the 1953 film The Wild One.
  • The title was the wordplay on the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment film Born to be Wild which came out on March 31, 1995, exactly 12 years before this episode premiered.
    • But, the film's plot was different than this episode's plot and Easy Rider, Born to be Wild's plot.


  • When SpongeBob barricades the Krusty Krab's front door with the cash register station, Squidward is sitting in the boat. However, a moment later SpongeBob finds Squidward at home when he rushes to Squidward's house to warn him of the biker gang. It is possible Squidward went home in between these scenes.
  • When the Mild Ones are driving around Squidward, when you watch that in slow motion, you can see that the men's jackets say "Mile Ones" instead of "Mild Ones."

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