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Karate Choppers
Season №: 1
Episode №: 14b
Airdate: December 31, 1999
Sister episode(s): "SB-129"
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Erik Wiese
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): Erik Wiese
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "SB-129"
Next: "Sleepy Time"
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"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. SpongeBob is carefully going around his house looking for her, until she jumps out. They fight, and have lots of fun. Sandy 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.

Therefore, Mr. Krabs tells him to stop doing karate, or he'll have no choice but to fire him. Sandy attacks him, and though SpongeBob attempts to explain Mr. Krabs's warning, Sandy doesn't believe him. At that moment, Mr. Krabs sees this and thinks he is doing karate with Sandy. An angry Mr. Krabs comes out of The Krusty Krab and tells SpongeBob that he's fired. This upsets SpongeBob. Sandy quickly explains to him that SpongeBob tried to tell her, but she wouldn't listen. Mr. Krabs gives SpongeBob his job back. Mr. Krabs warns SpongeBob not to do anymore karate as he feels that it's poisoning his mind.

The two attempt to forget about karate, and go to the park. However, while slicing sandwiches, they begin doing karate again, Mr. Krabs catches them. SpongeBob admits the truth and explains that he can't help himself. He 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 this way, earning him more money.




 ) 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 ["That'll be the day!"]
  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."]
  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's 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?"]
  Hawaiian Pussycat - George de Fretes [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 October 30, 2013, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8/10 based on 116 ratings by users.tt0769435 users give this episode a 9/10 based on 197 votes.[1]
  • "Karate Choppers" was ranked #44 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • There is a game called "Kah Rah Tay" that is based on this episode on
  • On The Complete 1st Season DVD, this episode, along with "Plankton!," has a cast commentary.
  • This is the last episode to premiere in 1999, along with SB-129. It is also the last episode of the 1990s. It's also the last episode to air in the 20th century. The next episode, Sleepy Time, premiered in 2000.
  • There is a fish fishing for fish with a fishing pole at the Bikini Bottom Park.
  • When SpongeBob attacks Fred and sends him into the floor, some fish are shocked. One of the fish (who is gray with something purple on his face) is the fish that acts confused when he hears Plankton's squeaky voice in Walking Small.
  • 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 hot sauce scene better.
  • A clip of this episode can be seen in the 2010 film Date Night.
  • SpongeBob went into the bathroom and thought he heard Sandy, but SpongeBob went into the men's room, so Sandy could not have been in there.
  • In this episode SpongeBob, is good karate master like Sandy. However, in other episodes, Sandy is much more skilled.
  • Throughout this whole episode, Sandy has three dots on her patch instead of an acorn.This has never been shown again on the series.
  • "MY LEG!" has become a popular meme on YouTube and many other sites on the Internet.It is also frequently used throughout the series.
  • 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 similar to the one that SpongeBob wears when he pretends to be Sandy's "pappy" in "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm."
  • This is the second episode to have karate in it. The first was "Tea at the Treedome."
  • This is one of the seven episodes in which the 1986 Paramount logo is plastered with the 2002 Paramount logo. The others are "Help Wanted", "Squeaky Boots", "F.U.N.", "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost", "Employee of the Month" and "Rock Bottom".
  • This is the only episode to date to show Sandy in a nightgown without breasts showing.


  • On the Fear of a Krabby Patty DVD, when Squidward said: "Go!" the closed-captions said: "D'oh!."
    D'oh! Closed-Cation Error

    Closed Caption error.

  • When SpongeBob tosses Krabby Patties onto Squidward's head, there are six, in the next shot, there are eight.
  • When SpongeBob is cutting the food, on his first cut, the mustard seems to disappear.
  • It is unknown how the rock halves separated after SpongeBob let go of them.
  • 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 bubble freeze in mid-air. This error happened again in "Rock Bottom" and in "The Camping Episode."
  • It is unknown if Sandy and SpongeBob ate the Krabby Patties because after fighting, (and making Krabby Patties) they were relaxing and the Patties were still on the ground.
  • When SpongeBob slices the first slice of salami, the mustard bottle is missing.
  • At the Bikini Bottom park, when Sandy karate chops SpongeBob's arm, SpongeBob doesn't have karate gear on, but in the next shot, SpongeBob has his karate gear on.
  • A second window was added to SpongeBob's pineapple home near the lower right corner. Before, there was only one window on the upper left corner.
  • In one scene where SpongeBob and Sandy are karate chopping each other, 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's 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 and flower disappear.
  • When SpongeBob goes into the bathroom (of the Krusty Krab), there is the "Please wash your fins" sign on it. Later, when SpongeBob is walking, it disappears.


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