"Karate Choppers" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob and Sandy get obsessed with karate.



SpongeBob and Sandy are practicing karate against each other. After fighting in SpongeBob's house and at Barg'N-Mart, Sandy threatens SpongeBob with a drop of Volcano Sauce (that talks), and tells him that she will sneak up on him and fight him tomorrow. At the Krusty Krab the next day, SpongeBob thinks anyone or anything can be Sandy, so he is cautious and does not work much. When he strikes one of the customers, Mr. Krabs demands to know what is going on, so SpongeBob explains to him that he is doing karate.
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"Really hot" hot sauce

Therefore, Mr. Krabs tells him to stop doing karate or he will have no choice but to fire him. Later, Sandy attacks him, and though SpongeBob attempts to explain Mr. Krabs' warning, Sandy does not believe or listen to him. At that moment, Mr. Krabs sees this and thinks he is doing karate with Sandy. He tells SpongeBob that he is fired. This upsets SpongeBob and makes him cry. Sandy quickly explains to him that SpongeBob tried to tell her, but she would not listen. Mr. Krabs gives SpongeBob his job back, warning him not to do any more karate, as he feels that it is poisoning his mind.

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The two attempt to forget about karate and go to Seashell Park. However, while slicing sandwiches, they begin doing karate again. After they destroy the park, Mr. Krabs catches them again.

SpongeBob admits the truth and explains that he cannot help himself. He sacrificially gives Mr. Krabs permission to fire him. However, instead of firing SpongeBob, he finds that karate chops can replace knives.

The next day, Mr. Krabs has SpongeBob and Sandy slice Krabby Patties using karate saying that they love karate. In the end it earns Mr. Krabs more money saying that he loves money and the episode ends with Squidward saying that he hates everyone.




 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Take That! (a) - Helene C.E. Muddiman [title card]
  Panther Prowl - David Farnon [opening]
  Cieszyn Polka - Wladyslaw Rakowski [TV show]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [SpongeBob screams]
  Take That! (a) - Helene C.E. Muddiman [SpongeBob and Sandy doing karate]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [SpongeBob throws Sandy through the door]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob does a karate dance]
  Take That! (a) - Helene C.E. Muddiman [karate over the phone]
  Bossa Cubana - Gerhard Narholz [Sandy shopping]
  Take That! (a) - Helene C.E. Muddiman [tin cans]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [SpongeBob laughs]
  Dancing the Hula - Kapono Beamer ["What a beautiful day!"]
  Take That! (a) - Helene C.E. Muddiman [more karate]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [volcano sauce]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz ["By the powers of naughtiness..."]
  Panther Prowl - David Farnon [Sandy drinking volcano sauce.]
  Take That! (a) - Helene C.E. Muddiman [novelty toy]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [at the Krusty Krab]
  Keep Cool - Jean Christophe Thomas, Laurence Peter Cottle [customer swatting a fly]
  Blow the Man Down (b) - Robert Alexander White [Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to get back to work]
  Keep Cool - Jean Christophe Thomas, Laurence Peter Cottle [SpongeBob enters the bathroom]
  Sailor's Waltz - Heinz Matschurat [Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to stop doing karate or he is fired]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["Fired?"]
  Take That! (a) - Helene C.E. Muddiman [Sandy appears]
  Stack of Leis - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob crying]
  Vibe Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["We can?"]
  Nostalgic Hawaii - Jan Rap [SpongeBob squeezes a rock]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob and Sandy on a picnic]
  Mavericks - The Woodies* [making sandwiches]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [sting]
  Take That! (a) - Helene C.E. Muddiman [they fight]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [everything cut in half]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob screams]
  O Makalapua (b) - Kapono Beamer ["Oh, all right, Mr. Krabs, you caught me."]
  Take That! (a) - Helene C.E. Muddiman [ending]

*On the Season 1 DVD, this is replaced with "El Dementia" by The Surfdusters.



  • As of August 13, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 9.1/10 based on 335 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 9.0/10 based on 211 votes.[2]
  • "Karate Choppers" was ranked #44 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • There is a online game called Kah Rah Tay Contest that is based on this episode.
  • On the Complete 1st Season DVD, this episode, along with "Plankton!," has a cast commentary.
  • This and "SB-129" were the last episodes to premiere in 1999. They were also the last episodes to premiere in the 1990s decade, the 20th century, and the second millennium.
  • This was Merriwether Williams' first episode as a writer. Her final episode was "Pranks a Lot."
  • A fish is seen fishing for fish with a fishing pole at the park, even though this is an act of cannibalism.
  • The face on the hot sauce drop is Tom Kenny's face. In the season 1 DVD commentary, he stated that he had to wear red makeup all over his face in order to make the scene better.
    • Kenny also stated that the scene was shot in the Nickelodeon restroom, since he had an audition later that same day the scene was shot, and the red makeup would not come off fully.
  • Two clips of this episode were featured in the 2010 film Date Night.
  • In this episode, SpongeBob is a karate master like Sandy. However, in other episodes, SpongeBob is much less skilled.
    • This episode includes a rare instance in which SpongeBob defeats Sandy in a karate fight.
  • The mask that Sandy says is her "worst disguise yet" looks extremely similar to the one that SpongeBob wears when he pretends to be Sandy's "pappy" in "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm." The only difference between them is the colors.
  • This is the second episode to have karate in it. The first was "Tea at the Treedome."
  • The Volcano Sauce drop has become an internet meme.
  • This is the only episode to date to show Sandy in a nightgown without her breasts showing.
  • It's unknown if Sandy and SpongeBob ate the sandwiches they made for their picnic because after fighting and making them, they are seen relaxing and the sandwiches are still on the ground.
    • An indication that they didn't eat them is that the sandwiches, would start to attract germs after being on the ground for a while.
  • The fish shown on SpongeBob's TV is a royal gramma (Gramma loreto), a tropical aquarium fish.
  • SpongeBob thought Sandy would be in the restroom, meaning that either the Krusty Krab has a unisex restroom or SpongeBob was still thinking that Sandy could be anywhere around him.
  • In the Japanese dub, this episode is called "空手大好き," which translates to "I Love Karate."
    • The volcano sauce drop is dubbed over by Keijin Okuda. He's the Japanese voice of Mr. Krabs, Patchy, Larry, and the French narrator.
  • In Croatian dub, the episode's name is "Karate udarci," which translates to "Karate Chops."
  • A short clip of SpongeBob crying from this episode was featured in the music video for "Hallelujah Money," a 2017 single by British virtual band Gorillaz.

Cultural references

  • SpongeBob lying on the ground opening arms in and out, saying "photosynthesis," is a reference to how stomata provide gas exchange (for tasks such as photosynthesis).


  • SpongeBob leaves the kitchen with a tray of six Krabby Patties. When he tosses the Krabby Patties onto Squidward's head, all six stick to it. In the next shot, there are eight Krabby Patties. In the final zoom shot of Squidward's head after SpongeBob says "Nice hairpiece, Squidward," ten Krabby Patties can be seen.
  • When SpongeBob is cutting the food, on his first cut, the mustard seems to disappear.
  • SpongeBob's arm disappears when Sandy hangs up on him after his attempt at phone karate.
  • Oddly, during the fight between SpongeBob and Sandy, a brick can be seen in their dust cloud.
  • After the bubble transition cuts to the Krusty Krab, some bubbles freeze in mid-air.
  • When SpongeBob slices the first slice of salami, the mustard bottle is missing.
  • A second window is added to SpongeBob's pineapple house near the lower-right corner. Before, there was only one window on the upper left corner.
  • After the volcano sauce threat, Sandy karate kicks SpongeBob into the background. SpongeBob yells "Curses!" and Sandy appears to be moving her mouth as though she is also saying it, though she could be mimicking it.
  • Mr. Krabs tells Squidward that he was in his office. However, the viewer will notice that Mr. Krabs' office is the first door on the left, and when he comes in, he is on the right, but when SpongeBob talks to him, Mr. Krabs is on his office side, next to Squidward.
  • When SpongeBob rolls Sandy into a ball, her helmet disappears.
  • When SpongeBob goes into the restroom, there is the "Please wash your fins" sign on it. Later, when SpongeBob is walking, it disappears.
  • In the scene with SpongeBob holding the rock together to hide it from Mr. Krabs, a tree can be seen in the background chopped in half. The "leaves" of the tree are also chopped in half, even though they would not be touched just from chopping the tree in half.
  • In the scene where SpongeBob captures Sandy with the Novelty Toy Tongue, she has her left arm inside her suit while she guzzles down hot sauce. Once SpongeBob loops the tongue around her, her arm immediately appears outside of the suit.
  • When Squidward lets out the frustrated yell at SpongeBob, the closed-captions say "d'oh."


Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

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Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2012)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)

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