SpongeBob SquarePants

List of instances in which the fourth wall is broken

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Patrick holding a time card.

The term "breaking the fourth wall" mainly means that the characters of a series acknowledge that they are in a cartoon.


Season 1

  • 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

Season 3

  • 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. [Debatable]
  • "Missing Identity":
    • When Patrick stops laughing, he says, "Sorry, people," probably referring to the audience and/or the episode's crew members.
    • The cafe lady says, "You've managed to kill eleven minutes," referring to 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."
  • In "Pranks a Lot," Mr. Krabs talks to and shows the viewers his items of defense against ghosts.

Season 4

  • In "All That Glitters", SpongeBob tells the viewers "All that glitters, is not gold". This also referenced the episode's title.
  • In "Krabs vs. Plankton," SpongeBob hums the end credits theme of the series when entering Mr. Krabs' office. [Debatable]
  • 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.
    Born to be Wild 008

    Spongebob riding a bubble transition

Season 5

  • 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.

Season 7

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".

Season 9

  • In "Plankton's Pet", Plankton shouts out, "Holy plot twist!" when Spot brings him a Krabby Patty.


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.
  • 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.

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