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This is a list of all the running gags in the SpongeBob SquarePants episodes. "Running gags" are basically recurring humorous instances in an episode. A common gag in the series are things being spelled wrong or mistakenly added.

Episodes

Season 1

  • 1b Reef Blower - SpongeBob blowing something into Squidward's yard.
  • 1c Tea at the Treedome - Patrick constantly tells SpongeBob to hold up his pinky finger, all just to be fancy.
  • 2a Bubblestand - SpongeBob blowing bubble art.
  • 2b Ripped Pants - SpongeBob annoying people about his ripped pants and him getting jealous when Sandy hangs out with Larry.
  • 3a Jellyfishing - Someone gets stung in a different kind of way.
  • 4b Boating School - When SpongeBob crashes into the lighthouse, Mrs. Puff puffs up and says in the deep voice, "Oh, SpongeBob! Why?"
  • 5a Pizza Delivery - SpongeBob singing the Krusty Krab Pizza song and Squidward trying to steal the pizza from SpongeBob.
  • 6a Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy - Mermaid Man screaming "EVILLL!," SpongeBob and Barnacle Boy saying "There's evil afoot!," and the winking old man.
  • 6b Pickles - Bubble Bass throwing Squidward and SpongeBob messing up on making Krabby Patties.
  • 7a Hall Monitor - Patrick screaming at the wanted sign.
  • 8b Squeaky Boots - The boots going into the cash register in Mr. Krabs' dream.
  • 10a Culture Shock - SpongeBob constantly asking Squidward if he can be in the talent show.
  • 11a MuscleBob BuffPants - SpongeBob's arms keep detaching from his body after one of Sandy's workout routines and SpongeBob being unable to lift light things like a glassful of drink.
  • 12b Employee of the Month - Squidward insulting the Employee of The Month award then getting drenched with Krabby Patty puree from a fan.
  • 13a Scaredy Pants - People calling SpongeBob "Scaredy Pants."
  • 15a Sleepy Time - SpongeBob ruining a character's dream.
  • 15b Suds - When SpongeBob sneezes, bubbles come out of his holes and when SpongeBob sneezes with the corks on him, he inflates.
  • 17a Arrgh! - SpongeBob and Patrick thinking Mr. Krabs is sweaty.
  • 17b Rock Bottom - Whenever SpongeBob sees a bus and tries to run up to it, it quickly drives off and Nat getting hit with a balloon.
  • 19b Neptune's Spatula - King Neptune zapping Patrick.
  • 20b Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II - Barnacle Boy getting burnt, mainly by the Invisible Boatmobile and SpongeBob blowing the Conch Signal.

Season 2

  • 21a Your Shoe's Untied - SpongeBob tripping over his untied shoelaces.
  • 21b Squid's Day Off- There were two running gags in this episode.
    • ​SpongeBob saying "Have you finished those errands?"
    • Squidward goes to the Krusty Krab again in a phenomena.
  • 22a Something Smells - People run away when SpongeBob talks due to his horrible breath.
  • 24a Dying for Pie - Kids throwing rocks at Squidward, SpongeBob laughing as he checks things off the list.
  • 24b Imitation Krabs - Every time Plankton's Robot Krabs says a lie, its engine backfires, and smoke can be seen from the exhaust pipe. Plankton says "Ouch" throughout.
  • 25b Patty Hype - Patrick activating his inflatable pants.
  • 26a Grandma's Kisses - Grandma SquarePants leaving kissing marks whenever she kisses someone or something.
  • 27a Prehibernation Week - A guy on a bike holding a lollipop having random things happening to him, usually just saying "Uh... I can explain..."
  • 30a I'm Your Biggest Fanatic - Kevin getting stung by a jellyfish and his club member saying "wa..wa..wa." Patrick touching something and being told to not touch anything.
  • 32a Pressure - Patrick says a statement, but something happens that goes against his statement.
  • 33a Shanghaied- There were three running gags in this episode.
    • Squidward keeps getting burned by the Flying Dutchman.
    • Flying Dutchman saying, "Welcome back."
    • SpongeBob and Patrick failing to scare people.
  • 33b Gary Takes a Bath - SpongeBob trying to get Gary to take a bath.
  • 34b Frankendoodle - Patrick being hit in the head with various objects by DoodleBob and when something happens to the artist's pencil, the Narrator gives a lesson of the sea, then the artist screams.
  • 35a The Secret Box - Every time SpongeBob steps on or bounces onto Patrick's house floor, it causes a loud noise.
  • 35b Band Geeks - Patrick kicking Sandy making her attack him with a trombone first and then a trumpet.
  • 36a Graveyard Shift - When asked for assistance, the character replies: "I can't hang out here all night! I've got a life."
  • 40a Squid on Strike - There were three running gags in this episode.
    • Whenever there is a crowd going to the Krusty Krab, they run over Squidward.
    • Every time Squidward hears the word 'Forever' from SpongeBob, he is in shock, and the word echoes in his head.
    • Sandals yelling "Let's go get a Krabby Patty or Let's go the Fun Fair."

Season 3

  • 42b My Pretty Seahorse - The onions making people cry and when someone lands on the ground, it causes a nuclear explosion.
  • 43b The Bully - Twice during the episode, SpongeBob runs in fear from Flats, and inadvertently points to an old fish (Lonnie) when he says Flats is gonna kick his butt. The citizens of Bikini Bottom, led by Harold, are angry at this, and try to beat up the old man.
  • 44a Nasty Patty - The Health Inspector gets constantly hit on the head.
  • 44b Idiot Box - While Squidward is watching TV, it is all about boxes in respective channels: documentary, educational, soap opera, and sports. SpongeBob saying "Imagination" whilst showing a rainbow with his hands.
  • 46a Snowball Effect - Squidward's fireplace is put out by a snowball that was thrown.
  • 47b Can You Spare a Dime? - Mr. Krabs keeps accusing Squidward of something minor; SpongeBob doing what Squidward tells him to do.
  • 48a No Weenies Allowed - When people are telling SpongeBob where to go; the place's name is Weenie Hut ______. The Robotic Waiter calling SpongeBob a weenie and SpongeBob reacts by saying he's not a weenie.
  • 48b Squilliam Returns - Mr. Krabs playing "the world's smallest violin."
  • 49a Krab Borg - SpongeBob's face zooming in every time he says, "a robot."
  • 49b Rock-a-Bye Bivalve - Patrick watching someone getting hit on the head with a coconut and keeps breaking promises with SpongeBob also, SpongeBob works on chores.
  • 50a Wet Painters - SpongeBob and Patrick trying to get the paint off the dollar.
  • 50b Krusty Krab Training Video - SpongeBob saying "Can I make a Krabby Patty now?" and Squidward exemplifying poor workmanship.
  • 51 Party Pooper Pants - SpongeBob getting hurt attempting to get in, and the party guests not following SpongeBob's party schedule.
  • 52a Chocolate With Nuts - Tom chasing SpongeBob and Patrick, yelling "CHOCOLATE!!"
  • 52b Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V - Barnacle Boy wanting to be called "Barnacle Man".
  • 53a New Student Starfish - Patrick saying "Wow" after seeing Mrs. Puff's Boating School things.
  • 54 Ugh - Patar putting salt on items and then eating them.
  • 55a The Great Snail Race - Someone mispronouncing Squidward's last name, and Patrick thinking his rock is a snail.
  • 56b I Had an Accident - Old Man Jenkins wants to take a bath. Patrick and Sandy attempt to get SpongeBob to go outside but he constantly refuses.
  • 57b The Camping Episode - The sea bear mauling Squidward.
  • 58b Plankton's Army - Karen showing "SHELDON" on her screen as Plankton is trying to talk.

Season 4

  • 61a Fear of a Krabby Patty - Plankton constantly gets hit with a piano including the one which SpongeBob turned the cards into another piano.
  • 62a The Lost Mattress - Mr. Krabs being pushed to different places by the nurse such as near the vending machines and outside. Squidward being attacked by the guard worm.
  • 62b Krabs vs. Plankton - People slipping on the wet floor; Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob struggling to open the case.
  • 63 Have You Seen This Snail? - When Patrick sees something that is really important, he gets worried by a useless reason.
  • 64a Skill Crane - Squidward losing and SpongeBob winning at the skill crane.
  • 67b Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture - Sandy exploding bombs on Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy and saying "Did somebody say 'boom'?"
  • 69a Krusty Towers - Patrick keeps on forgetting where he is, saying "This is a ______?" and Mr. Krabs receiving overpriced bills.
  • 70a Chimps Ahoy - Patrick wants people to call him "Mr. Dr. Prof. Patrick."
  • 70b Ghost Host - The Flying Dutchman failing to scare people.
  • 72b Wishing You Well - Patrick going "Ho Ho Ho!"
  • 73b Once Bitten - Bikini Bottomites panicking by Gary's infectous bite.
  • 71b Karate Island - Sandy goes up to the third floor but she slips and falls on her way because it is all covered in mud.
  • 73b Once Bitten - Bikini Bottomites panicking by Gary's infectous bite.
  • 75b That's No Lady - Mr. Krabs and Squidward flirting with "Patricia" and being rejected each time.
  • 78b Best Frenemies - Plankton getting hurt every time he and Mr. Krabs infiltrate the Kelpshake restaurant.
  • 80a Best Day Ever - SpongeBob's festivities getting ruined.

Season 5

  • 81 Friend or Foe - The students and Plankton call Mr. Krabs "rag boy," Plankton being launched by a student, the boys fighting over their recipe and Mr. Krabs being teased by Plankton and the students.
  • 82a The Original Fry Cook - Jim flushing SpongeBob's patties down the toilet.
  • 82b Night Light - SpongeBob getting more lights.
  • 86b Bucket Sweet Bucket - Whenever someone uses the word "pizzazz," sparkles fall from their hands. SpongeBob and Patrick getting parts from the Krusty Krab.
  • 88c Slimy Dancing - Squidward constantly walks and hits into the limbo stick twice.
  • 89b Sing a Song of Patrick - Bikini Bottomites being annoyed by Patrick's song except for Old Man Jenkins, SpongeBob's arms being removed from his body and Patrick failing to write poems, causing his gym teacher to tell everyone to attack him with dodgeballs.
  • 91b Le Big Switch - Squidward choking on 'love', and SpongeBob making Krabby Patties every time he tries to cook.
  • 92 Atlantis SquarePantis - Whenever Patrick takes a picture of the bubble, it pops; Patchy is trying to use old technology and keeps breaking down; Somebody being excited whenever in a certain room.
  • 93a Picture Day - A repeated montage of SpongeBob getting ready and SpongeBob keeps getting dirty.
  • 93c BlackJack - SpongeBob asking Uncle Captain Blue for help, and he is putting SpongeBob to work.
  • 97a 20,000 Patties Under the Sea - SpongeBob drives the submarine and bumps into the Krusty Krab, destroying the window.
  • 99a The Two Faces of Squidward - Squidward getting hit in the face with the door and whenever Gill Gilliam tries to cut the bandages, SpongeBob shouts: "Wait!" or "Hold it!"

Season 6

  • 102a Penny Foolish - When Mr. Krabs is seen from a distance, people hear dolphin chirps. A boy in the boat with his mother, and two people listening to Mr. Krabs announce the new theater.
  • 104b Gone - SpongeBob crashes through walls with the boatmobile.
  • 108b Plankton's Regular - Nat getting chum, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs trying to get him to eat Krabby Patties and someone's skin getting peeled off.
  • 109a Boating Buddies - Squidward being injured by a bully in the restroom.
  • 110b Grooming Gary - Whenever Gary is given an undercarriage check, he bites the person doing it.
  • 115b Cephalopod Lodge - Squidward getting kicked out of the lodge, Patrick forcing Squidward to join their lodge.
  • 117b Professor Squidward - SpongeBob laughing when he tickles himself and SpongeBob and Patrick saying "Tick" when the metronome is ticking.
  • 118a Pet or Pests - Baby worms throwing up and people rejecting the worms.
  • 121b Shell Shocked - SpongeBob breaking shells.
  • 125a Pineapple Fever - Squidward being struck by lightning.
  • 126 The Clash of Triton - Whenever Mr. Krabs disappoints Queen Amphitrite, she zaps him.

Season 7

  • 127a Tentacle-Vision - People breaking into Squidward's house, and Squidward Chat being interrupted.
  • 129a Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy - People calling Sandy a naked chipmunk and a hairless goat and a nudist ferret.
  • 130a Greasy Buffoons - Mr. Krabs mispronouncing words (Delicious=Delicherous, Voila=Voilerah, Deluxe=Deluxee), and Krabs and Plankton keep coming up with ideas for more customers.
  • 131a Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful - Officer John giving tickets to people who he thinks have littered.
  • 131b A Pal for Gary - Puffy Fluffy attacking Gary when SpongeBob leaves a room.
  • 133a The Curse of Bikini Bottom - Patrick and the Krusty Krab's customers thinking SpongeBob and Patrick are mermaids.
  • 134 SpongeBob's Last Stand - Patrick misunderstanding SpongeBob's questions and answering something that he already knows.
  • 135a Back to the Past - Whenever there is tartar sauce, Patrick eats it up.
  • 139b The Cent of Money - Mr. Krabs calls Gary a different name, Mr. Krabs mispronounces snail, Mr. Krabs calling Gary a "sneagle," and SpongeBob keeps getting impossible jobs to do at the Krusty Krab to keep him busy
  • 140b Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle - Patrick keeps on asking about his cufflinks.
  • 141b The Main Drain - Patrick turning on music on his radio when Mr. Krabs is about to tell the story of the Main Drain.
  • 142a Trenchbillies - Cletus poking people with the pitchfork: and someone saying "It's now or never."
  • 143 The Great Patty Caper - SpongeBob calling Orin J. Ruffy a butler and Patrick breaking the train levers.
  • 144a That Sinking Feeling - If SpongeBob and Patrick dug too much under a building, it sinks underground and Squidward growling.
  • 149b Tunnel of Glove - Patrick pulling a switch that does something wrong with the Tunnel of Glove.
  • 150a Krusty Dogs - Squidward wearing a Krusty Dog and a Krabby Patty mascot with two signs, "Try New Krusty Dogs" and "They're Back!" costumes and someone kicking him.
  • 151b New Fish in Town - Characters' homes being pushed off a cliff and characters jumping off the cliff.
  • 152a Big Sister Sam - Sam crushes Patrick and pronounces "brother" as "brubber."
  • 152b Perfect Chemistry - After SpongeBob's body parts disappear when Mr. Krabs is trying to believe Squidward, a fart noise was heard and Mr. Krabs thinks it was Squidward who did it and SpongeBob wanting to be called "lab partner."

Season 8

  • 154a Drive Thru - Eugene H. Krabs smashing holes into the Krusty Krab with a mallet; Plankton getting run over and squished by the old man.
  • 154b The Hot Shot - The Female Racer constantly saying "What he said!"
  • 155b Sentimental Sponge - Someone comments about Squidward's night shirt being a dress, only to be corrected.
  • 156 Frozen Face-Off - Squidward running into frozen water and becoming frozen in an ice block.
  • 157a Squidward's School for Grown-Ups - Squidward mumbling to himself, and SpongeBob and Patrick Boat Screaming by different vehicles.
  • 158a Sweet and Sour Squid - Squidward pouring water and slamming the door on Plankton.
  • 160a Patrick's Staycation - SpongeBob dressing up in different outfits to disguise himself as many different people.
  • 160b - Walking the Plankton - "If I weren't on parole," first said by the mailman who's annoyed by SpongeBob, then said again by the captain after the cruise liner is destroyed. The other running gag is Karen blasting things in half with a death laser. First, Karen blasts a table and suitcase in half at the Chum Bucket. Then, she blasts the cruise ship in half.
  • 161b Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation - Various body parts deflating including Mr. Krabs' left arm, both of his eyes and even Bill's head fin.
  • 162 Ghoul Fools - In the scene with Patrick Star and the donut, Patrick always changes the flavor of the donut.
  • 165a House Sittin' for Sandy - Robots destroying Sandy's Treedome, Patrick saying "Wasn't me".
  • 165b Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom - Patrick eating tickets and Squidward overestimating the situation.
  • 166b The Way of the Sponge - When someone's belt is taken off, their pants fall down (apart from Sandy).
  • 167b Bubble Buddy Returns - Shiny floating into different sharp objects and factories, but doesn't pop while SpongeBob, who is trying to save him, ends up getting hurt.
  • 168a Restraining SpongeBob - SpongeBob and Patrick asking different questions to Squidward and, while rejected, repeatedly asking "please."
  • 169b Planet of the Jellyfish - The Jelliens saying "Hold the mayonnaise," and hissing at people.
  • 170b Home Sweet Rubble - SpongeBob is about to feed Gary, but is distracted by something else.
  • 172a Face Freeze! - SpongeBob and Patrick making absurd faces.
  • 174a Treats! - Gary meowing, and SpongeBob saying "Well, I just can't say no to my little Gare Bear."
  • 174b For Here or to Go - Mr. Krabs adding more rules to the contest and SpongeBob unintentionally helping Plankton to get closer of getting the Krabby Patty.
  • 176a Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go! - SpongeBob failing getting to Mermaid Man and Man Ray eating Krabby Patties.
  • 176b Chum Fricassee - Grandma Tentacles keeps smashing Squidward's foot with her walker.
  • 178 Hello Bikini Bottom - The Elderly Fish yelling out "Too loud!" and Squidward walking into cactus.

Season 9

  • Season - Old Man Jenkins Suffering. Happens in "Little Yellow Book," "SpongeBob You're Fired," "The Sewers of Bikini Bottom," and "Bulletin Board."
  • 179a Extreme Spots - SpongeBob and Patrick doing regular stuff, then the Extreme Sports team making it extreme.
  • 179b Squirrel Record - Sandy trying to break records and SpongeBob getting hurt.
  • 180a Patrick-Man! - Patrick blaming fish for doing illegal things when what the fish were doing was legal, and Mabel turning her head awkwardly.
  • 180b Gary's New Toy - Gary chewing on SpongeBob's household items; SpongeBob losing his wallet and talking about his canceled credit cards; SpongeBob's alarm clock breaking down every time when it rings.
  • 181a License to Milkshake - SpongeBob making frozen milkshakes.
  • 181b Squid Baby - Someone getting hit on the head (including Squidward's house).
  • 182a Little Yellow Book - Squidward reading SpongeBob's diaries.
  • 182b Bumper to Bumper - SpongeBob saying "Focus on the road. There is nothing but the road."
  • 183a Eek, an Urchin! - Someone using a telephone or cell phone.
  • 183b Squid Defense - SpongeBob getting sliced in half and characters criticizing Squidward's body by saying "What with the rubbery arms and the doughiness in the middle." Also, SpongeBob saying, "You missed a spot." when Squidward did Sandy's chores.
  • 184b Jailbreak! - Plankton getting poked by a police baton.
  • 186b Plankton's Pet - Fish going "Awww!" to Plankton.
  • 188b Yeti Krabs - Squidward losing his newspaper.
  • 190b Tutor Sauce - SpongeBob causing damage to the Krusty Krab with his driving, Mr. Krabs saying "Put 'er in gear!" and Hot Steel and Slide Licks playing every time SpongeBob damages/destroys the Krusty Krab.
  • 192a Company Picnic - Squidward getting hurt.
  • 192b Pull Up a Barrel - Someone getting putting in "the brig" and using a sweet key.
  • 194a Patrick! The Game - Squidward being sent to a cardboard jail by Patrick, Patrick making new rules, and a mini Patrick coming out of his head when he has an idea.
  • 195b Larry's Gym - Mr. Krabs commenting on the free service at Larry's gym then calling Larry a "sucker."
  • 196a The Fish Bowl - When Sandy says "Eureka," Prospector appears saying "That's my line" and crushing one of Squidward's parts telling him they're sold out whenever she is handing out free ice cream.
  • 196b Married to Money - Mr. Krabs getting electrocuted anytime he kisses robotic Cashina.
  • 198a Sharks vs. Pods - The Sharks crying over Jonnie.
  • 200 - Goodbye, Krabby Patty? - SpongeBob being called and mistaken for a "Yellow Box" and Mr. Krabs fainting in Don Grouper's arms.
  • 202a Food Con Castaways - Squidward getting covered in ashes and the flying snail picking him up.
  • 203b Salsa Imbecilicus - Karen playing a laugh track after each humiliation and Patrick riding a skateboard upside down.
  • 204a Mutiny on the Krusty - Octavius Rex saying "Well, that was anti-climactic."

Season 10

  • 208b Krusty Katering - The birthday kid appearing and screaming "I want my birthday cake!" at Mr. Krabs, Squidward's bad clarinet playing, causing the band to run away and him chasing after them, a crazed Patrick stealing patties from guests, the kid calling Mr. Krabs "Daddy," and the kid Patrick gave a balloon to near the beginning appears multiple times throughout the course of the episode floating around screaming.
  • 210a Life Insurance - Squidward's toupee being mistaken as a sea spider and the three don't get hurt because of their contracts.
  • 214b Out of the Picture - The Krusty Krab doors opening in the wrong way.
  • 215a Feral Friends - Mr. Krabs pinching Sandy with his pinchers and a character saying, "You don't see that everyday!"
  • 215b Don't Wake Patrick - SpongeBob getting stepped on by Patrick.

Season 11

  • 216b The Clam Whisperer - The clams spitting pearls at Mr. Krabs. Mr. Krabs actually liked the clams for their pearls, which can make him rich.
  • 221a No Pictures Please - The tourist saying "Amazing!"
  • 224a Squid Noir - SpongeBob losing his coin.
  • 225a Cuddle E. Hugs - People eating the moldy Krabby Patty, people not realizing that Cuddle E. Hugs doesn't exist, Cuddle E. Hugs telling SpongeBob what his name stands for, and Sandy telling SpongeBob that Cuddle E. Hugs is just in his imagination.
  • 225b Pat the Horse - Street cleaner chasing Pat the Horse every time he runs.
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