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Karate Star

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Episode Information
Season №: 7
Episode №: 144b
Airdate: July 9, 2010
Sister episode(s): "That Sinking Feeling"
Writer(s): Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Derek Iversen
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "That Sinking Feeling"
Next: "Buried in Time"
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"Karate Star" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven. In this episode, SpongeBob teaches Patrick karate, causing mayhem in Bikini Bottom.



SpongeBob is in his kitchen, karate-chopping a pineapple to look like Gary. He puts it on the floor, so Gary is eye-level with it. It attracts flies and one flies into SpongeBob's mouth and he begins to choke. Patrick walks in and asks for some cheese before realizing SpongeBob's choking. Once it becomes clear to him, he punches SpongeBob. SpongeBob flies across the room and lands against the wall and the fly leaves his mouth. He offers

Patrick making his way to the fridge for the cheese bucket, as SpongeBob prepares to slice a watermelon in half.

anything in return and gives Patrick the cheese.

Patrick decides that he wants to learn Karate. SpongeBob is skeptical but gives in since that was the deal. He tries to teach Patrick the "reverse whirlpool," and then to fly into a brick wall and destroy it. Patrick succeeds in this but ends up unable to stop flying and destroys a lemonade stand. Next, SpongeBob tries to teach Patrick a move where he spins around on one foot. Patrick then starts spinning uncontrollably. SpongeBob gives up, and Patrick perfectly karate-chops a cinder block in half out of anger. He chops a steel sword and a boat as practice and then almost chops Baby Rechid. SpongeBob stops and warns him not to chop any living organisms or their property. He reminds him that "with power comes responsibility," but has to go to work and leaves Patrick, who starts chopping everything from arcade games to spinach.

A man runs into the Krusty Krab screaming that there is a "mad chopper" on the loose, and SpongeBob, knowing the man is referring to Patrick, sets off to stop his friend. Meanwhile, Patrick is in an ice-cream shop. He is buying a cone stacked high with every flavor they have. He owes them over eighty dollars but tries to trade him for a lollipop. The ice cream man refuses and threatens to call the cops when Patrick chops the glass, cracking it, and tips the ice cream into his mouth while the ice cream man holds onto the money from the tip jar. The manager yells at the ice cream man for holding the money in the tip jar. Patrick gains considerable weight, and no longer fits through the door. He chops it, and exits. SpongeBob comes and tells Patrick to stop destroying Bikini Bottom, but by that time, Patrick's arm can't stop chopping. He eventually makes his way to the Barg'N-Mart and destroys the structure and crushes SpongeBob. He finds a pack of kitchen sponges, and believes that this is SpongeBob's carcass. He becomes very mad at himself and rips off his own hand. The real SpongeBob, who was trapped under a pile of rubble, wakes up and Patrick grows his hand back, swearing never to use karate again.

Patrick then badly rebuilds the Barg'N-Mart. Patrick is then shown karate chopping a shopping cart, leaving SpongeBob confused. Another Patrick then appears, and explains that in addition to sea stars being able to regenerate limbs, limbs are able to regenerate bodies. The two Patricks then laugh as the Barg'N-Mart gets destroyed, and the episode ends.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  ? [title card]
  Circus Parade (b) - Dick Stephen Walter ["Ta-da!"]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["A gift in your likeness."]
  ? ["Cause pineapples are sweet, and you are sweet also as well."]
  Dramatic Impact 5 - Ivor Slaney ["Oh, no! He's... not right!"]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford ["I'll help you!"]
  Hawaiian Sting 6 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Patrick, thank you so much!"]
  ? [SpongeBob's karate exercises]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen ["Oh, Patrick, my dear friend..."]
  ? [SpongeBob giving Patrick karate lessons]
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero [Patrick crashes into a lemonade stand]
  ? [Patrick spinning]
  Steel Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I didn't want to have to say this, but you're unteachable."]
  Exotic Sting - Nicolas Carr [Patrick chops a wall of cinder blocks in half]
  Against All Odds - Paul Lawler [Patrick chops a sword in half]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick chops a boat in half]
  ? ["With power comes responsibility."]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes to work]
  ? [Patrick chopping hot dogs]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Patrick goes to the Krusty Krab]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["You do realize I'm taking that out of your paycheck?"]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [Patrick at the ice cream parlor]
  Drama Sting - ? [Patrick freezes]
  Animal Antics - Phillip Green [Patrick chopping things]
  Dramatic Bridge 1 and 4 - Phillip Green ["Help! There's a mad chopper on the loose!"/"Don't walk out that door!"]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer ["SpongeBob! Just the man I was looking for!"]
  Dramatic End - Harry Bluestone [pan of destroyed town]
  Steel Sting (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [prisoners freed]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["I know!"]
  Dramatic Bridge 3 - Phillip Green ["You must resist!"]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick chopping everything in sight]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [news on TV]
  Dramatic Bridge 7 - Phillip Green ["SpongeBob!"]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [Patrick cries]
  Tympup B - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [SpongeBob crushed]
  Hawaiian Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob crushed]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney ["SpongeBob!"]
  Fates - Gregor F. Narholz ["I'll never forgive myself!"]
  Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, hi, Patrick. What did I miss?"]
  Bashful Eyes - Kapono Beamer [ending]




  • In the show, SpongeBob's karate gear was red and Sandy's karate gear was green. In this episode, it reveals that Patrick's gear is blue.
  • This is the second time Patrick grows an arm. The first time was in "The Pink Purloiner."
  • The story of Patrick not being able to control his hand when it chops is similar to the film Idle Hands.
  • This is the first time Sandy does not appear in an episode that involves with karate.
  • This is the first time that Harold has a lemonade stand. The second is in "Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom."
  • In reality, Ol' Ironsides was a large sailing ship that served in the Revolutionary War in the late 1700s.
  • Harold Reginald appears three times in this episode: as a person selling lemonade, a Krusty Krab customer, and someone at the arcade.
  • Like a real-life starfish, Patrick's arm grows back. Patrick's dismembered arm growing into another Patrick is also accurate - if a starfish's arm is cut off, it will grow into a whole new starfish (if enough of the original body is attached to it and Patrick #2 is dumb, which never listens to SpongeBob).
  • The scene with SpongeBob choking when a fly flew into is throat mirrors "The Nasty Patty," where the same thing happened to the Health inspector.
  • This is the first time Triton's name was a substitute for 'God' like Neptune. It was heard when SpongeBob tried to catch up with a crazy chopping Patrick. He exclaimed, "Triton's duet!"
  • This is the second time Patrick punches SpongeBob. The first was in "No Weenies Allowed."
  • Although SpongeBob told him not to chop any lifeforms, he has never chopped any lifeforms, but chopped property instead.

Cultural references

  • The way that only SpongeBob's legs where seen when he was crushed is similar to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
  • When Patrick slices the cinder block in half, the halves look similar to the brick blocks from the Super Mario series.
  • When SpongeBob told Patrick that with power comes responsibility, it mirrors the line "With Great Power comes Great Responsibility" from Spider-Man.
  • Patrick saying "Oh, yeah!" and bursting through a brick wall might be a reference to vintage Kool-Aid commercials where the Kool-Aid Man bursts through a wall and yells "Oh, yeah!".


  • The exterior Bikini Bottom Arcade sign is misspelled as "Bikini Botton Arcade."
  • When SpongeBob says "Patrick!" while riding his unicycle, his mouth does not move.
  • Although it is revealed in "You Don't Know Sponge" that Patrick's dominant hand is left, he chops with his right hand the majority of the time.
  • When Patrick cuts the block of cinder, SpongeBob's hand is larger than usual.
  • Patrick can smell in this episode (the scene after the ice cream shop), whereas in No Nose Knows, Patrick did not have a nose and was unable to smell.
  • When Patrick heads to the Barg'N-Mart, SpongeBob says "Tritains tunic!" in his normal voice. However, when it shows the Barg'N-Mart, he says "He's heading straight for the Barg'N-Mart!" in a deeper voice.
  • When Patrick enters the Barg'N-Mart, he says, "Not the muffin display!," before chopping a tray full of pastries. However, considering that they are topped with pink frosting, the "muffins" are more likely cupcakes.

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