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Patrick holding a time card.

The term "breaking the fourth wall" mainly means that fictional characters acknowledge that they are fictional.


Season 1

  • In "Plankton!," after Squidward says "Stop it!" he looks at the camera. [debatable]
  • In "Nature Pants," Squidward says that he will give SpongeBob 11 minutes before he returned to civilization. Eleven minutes is the exact length of most episodes, including this one.

Season 2

  • In "Dying for Pie," SpongeBob says "hello" to Mr. Krabs in Squidward's flashback bubble and he runs off crying when he sees SpongeBob is still alive.
  • In "Prehibernation Week," SpongeBob reacts to every time the extreme music of Panthera plays.
  • In "Christmas Who?," When Patchy cuts Potty's strings to make him fall, a guy falls down from the ceiling to the ground.[debatable]
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Patrick points at his "dizzy clouds" and says "Hot Wings!"

  • In "Survival of the Idiots," when Patrick was dizzy and showing "dizzy clouds" of chicken/turkey drumsticks, he points to them and says "Hot Wings!"

Season 3

  • In "Krab Borg," Squidward tells the customers that robots are going to take over the SpongeBob world, and they assume he means the world.
  • In "Club SpongeBob," Squidward exclaims "Why must every eleven minutes of my life be filled with misery?!" Eleven minutes happens to be the length of the episode.
  • In "Wet Painters," Patrick was holding one of the time cards. He even tells SpongeBob to move along because he's "out of time cards."
  • "Missing Identity":
    • When Patrick stops laughing, he says, "Sorry, people," probably referring to the audience and/or the episode's crew members.
    • Not Betty says, "You've managed to kill eleven minutes," referring to the length of the episode.
  • In "Pranks a Lot," Mr. Krabs talks to and shows the viewers his items of defense against ghosts.

Season 4

  • In "Fear of a Krabby Patty," a transition appears indicating a long period of time with random objects floating by. Old Man Jenkins asks why he is floating.
  • In "All That Glitters," SpongeBob tells the viewers "All that glitters, is not gold." This also referenced the episode's title.
  • In "Born to Be Wild," SpongeBob rides the bubble transition to quickly get into the Krusty Krab and warn Mr. Krabs about the bikers. Mr. Krabs is shocked, wondering where SpongeBob came from.
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    SpongeBob riding the bubble transition.

Season 5

  • In "Money Talks," the Flying Dutchman looks directly at the camera/audience when saying "Try saying that one three times fast."
  • In "Pat No Pay," when Patrick is suffering from Krabby Patty withdrawal, SpongeBob says, he needs a patty, or he'll keep mumbling about it for the next 31/2 minutes. This is referring to the approximate amount of time remaining in that episode (which altogether is four minutes long).

Season 6

  • In "Slide Whistle Stooges," Squidward hides his naked body from view, as if he knows he is being watched, even though he is at home.
  • In "Shuffleboarding," Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy introduce themselves to the TV audience.
  • In "Truth or Square," after Squidward says he's never fallen asleep on duty, Mr. Krabs reminds him to not give him a flashback, right before a flashback begins. Also, later on, Mr. Krabs talks to Plankton through a flashback.

Season 7

  • In "Stuck in the Wringer," after SpongeBob and Patrick melt the glue, that was dried on the wringer, with tears, SpongeBob looks at the screen and talks directly to the viewers, saying "I guess crying does solve your problems after all."
  • In "SpongeBob's Last Stand," when Mr. Krabs wants to know when the approval of the Shelly Superhighway was passed, Plankton responds, "Observe in this conveniently timed flashback."

Season 8

  • In "Drive Thru," One of Pearl's friends screamed in Squidward's ear with a megaphone. Squidward holds his ear in pain, looks at the screen and talks directly to the viewers, saying "I'm not faking it, y'know. That really hurt... a lot."
  • In "The Way of the Sponge," Fuzzy Acorns asks Sandy who she's talking too after she gets the idea to take Fuzzy Acorns to the Krusty Krab to see SpongeBob in action.
  • In "Fiasco!," when the fish in the movie are about to kiss, the police officers burst through the theater screen, which stops the fish in the movie thus acknowledging that they're in a movie.

Season 9

  • In "It Came from Goo Lagoon," Plankton wipes the goo off the window so the viewer can see what he is reading.
  • In "Plankton's Pet," Plankton shouts out, "Holy plot twist!" when Spot brings him a Krabby Patty.
  • In "Séance Shméance," Patrick says "This is the part of the story where I run around screaming."
  • In "Lost in Bikini Bottom," Squidward is drawing his 'distance between two points' example on the screen.
  • In "The Executive Treatment," The Stockholder Eel "gives Patrick 18 more chances to prove he's an executive." Just before the montage begins. [debatable]
  • In "Company Picnic," at a certain point, SpongeBob acknowledges the fact that he is in a slow-motion scene.
  • In "Pull Up a Barrel," in Mr. Krabs' story, after Captain Scarfish tells Mr. Krabs that he has a cargo full of suntan lotion, and right before Squidward laughs at Mr. Krabs in the present, Captain Scarfish, and Mr. Krabs look at the screen for a split second.
  • In "Two Thumbs Down," SpongeBob and Patrick's thumbs launch in the air like fireworks, and form "The End," signaling the end of the episode.
  • In "Salsa Imbecilicus," Karen plays a laugh track after Plankton gets humiliated.
  • In "Mutiny on the Krusty," when Mr. Krabs is fighting the Sea Monster, the customers dance to the "Jungle Baby" track.

Season 10

  • In "Whirly Brains," at the end of the episode, Squidward tells the viewers the Martians are coming and that they're next.
  • In "Mimic Madness," SpongeBob imitates the French Narrator.


The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

  • SpongeBob says "We'll be in Shell City in one more verse," referring to the song Now That We're Men being sung throughout the whole time they travel through the trench. Patrick also references the song under the heat lamp by weakly singing "You mean we're not gonna get the crown, save the town and Mr. Krabs?"
  • The seat of SpongeBob's pants folds open, revealing his butt. He then hides it from the audience in slight embarrassment.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

  • A fish breaks the fourth wall by saying, "All secondary characters come with me," just as SpongeBob and his friends are about to continue their journey on the surface of the ocean.
  • During the rap battle between the seagulls and Bubbles, Painty the Pirate says "You're making the movie too long."
  • When Sandy is ranting about the page that says the end (which one of Burger Beard's seagulls dropped in the sea), she looks directly at the screen, indicating she was talking to the audience, the screen including the audience in the conversation.
  • In the credits, Pearl complains, "This dance is so last year!" it may be a reference to the fact that the movie originally would be out in 2014, the year before it was actually released.
  • In the credits, Squidward hears the "Squeeze Me" song by N.E.R.D and says this song needs interpretive dancing, and starts dancing to it. [debatable]

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