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Type: Sport
First appearance: "Tea at the Treedome"

Karate is a fighting style which is practiced by SpongeBob and Sandy and once by Patrick and Squidward in the show.

Early History

Karate is a martial art developed in Okinawa, Japan. It was developed from indigenous fighting methods called te and Chinese kenpō. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands (karate chop). Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles. A karate practitioner is called a karateka.


SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants likes Karate and is quite skilled at it, but Sandy Cheeks has shown to have more skill. SpongeBob wears red gear, consisting of headgear and gloves, and it appears as an attack for SpongeBob in all of the Nicktoons games except SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom. He usually pronounces it as "Kah-rah-tay."


SpongeBob is blown away by Sandy's massive strike.

Sandy Cheeks

Sandy knew karate before moving to Bikini Bottom.

She happens to know when SpongeBob is about to surprise her, and attacks him before he has a chance to attack. this shows that Sandy is much better at karate than SpongeBob. Ironically, she is defeated by him in two occasions in the episode, "Karate Choppers." Sandy has been shown to have equal skill to Spongebob in early seasons. She has since gotten better. It is unknown why.

Her karate gear is green or pink and consists of only a pair of gloves, since there is probably no headgear for her air helmet/squirrel head.

Sandy karate

Sandy with her green karate gloves.

During the events of "Karate Island," SpongeBob is invited to visit Karate island, while Sandy isn't, but her karate is much better than his. Sandy decides to tag along. When SpongeBob is chained to his throne, Sandy is forced to use her karate skills and save SpongeBob. Her gear is also an attack that is used in Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano island.

Patrick Star

Patrick has only done karate in "Karate Star" but apparently, he is very good at it. He can chop a cinder block, a ship, and many other things in Bikini Bottom. However, the karate got to his head, which caused him to chop everything in sight, so he quit doing karate. His gear was blue, and consisted of a headgear and gloves. Since his gear is blue, it shows that he lacks discipline. LearnKarate.jpg Karate_patrick.jpg

Squidward Tentacles

In the episode "Squid Defense," Squidward asks SpongeBob to teach him karate after Squidward was chased off by a stranger. However, he is an extremely poor learner and struggled. When he does learn karate, he uses it for revenge. Squidward is the only one who didn't wear any karate gear. SpongeBob_SquarePants_Squidward_Tentacles_the_Octopus_Karate_Nickelodeon.png


A martial artist and the main antagonist of the episode "Karate Island." His karate skills are impressive as he is able to match Sandy. However, he was eventually defeated. Udon is most notable for being the only fish to practice karate.

Fuzzy Acorns

Fuzzy Acorns is Sandy's karate master who appeared in the episode, "The Way of the Sponge." It was revealed that Fuzzy Acorns was the one that teaches Sandy everything about karate but doesn't think SpongeBob is all good. However, Acorns was "defeated" by SpongeBob after getting beat up by SpongeBob's cooking skills. Fuzzy Acorns also issues karate belts to those who are worthy to hold it. With the clear belt being the lowest to the blacker belt being the highest.

Karate Island

Karate Island is a place where the supposed "King of Karate" is destined to arrive to. When SpongeBob and Sandy arrive, it was revealed to be a hoax which the proprietor, Udon, forces others to buy real estates. It seems that they randomly chose people to be forced into buying the estates as SpongeBob and Squidward were scammed with the title of whatever their "specialty" is.

Appearances/References of Karate

Karate and references (gear, the word, karate moves) are seen in the following episodes:



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