If you were looking for the article about the episode, then see Idiot Box.

The Idiot Box is a brown cardboard box that appears in the episode "Idiot Box" and several video games. SpongeBob uses it for imagination.


The box is an ordinary-looking TV-shaped box, but can transmit sounds from SpongeBob and Patrick's imagination.

Role in episode

SpongeBob and Patrick use their imagination inside the box. At the end of the episode, the box is taken to the dump with Squidward inside. Somehow, the box is returned to Squidward.

Role in video games

In Battle for Bikini Bottom, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie video game, and SpongeBob's Truth or Square, boxes can be used to teleport around the levels.


  • Squidward mentions that he wants to arm-wrestle with cowboys on the Moon, although it never happens.
  • The box must have a magical power when SpongeBob and Patrick imagined all sorts of adventures and the imagination could be heard outside the box.
    • Or it could all just be in Squidward's head.