Mini Squidward is very similar in appearance to the real Squidward. However, his head is much larger compared to his body than Squidward's. Also, his red pupils are much thinner than Squidward's.
Role in series
Squidward, trying to prove to SpongeBob that he doesn't need the paper to have fun, has Lil' Squidward tell a joke. SpongeBob then uses his paper to create a ventriloquist dummy to tell a joke, which causes several Bikini Bottomites to laugh.
He is used as Squidward's replacement when Squidward refuses to play with SpongeBob. Squidward is annoyed by Mini Squid.
Squidward is initially happy when Mini Squid "offers" to do his job, but he grows angry when Mini Squid succeeds in places Squidward had failed by doing the exact same thing. For example, both Squidward and Mini Squid ask, "Who ordered the Krabby Patty, and who ordered the Krabby Patty?" but the customers think that it is only funny when Mini Squid says it. The customers laugh at Squidward when he dances but says that Mini Squid's dancing is good, even though Squidward did the same dance. Harold suggests that Squidward gets size reduction surgery so that he can dance more like Mini Squid, although his dance is exactly the same. This is because Mini Squidward was doing everything with a cheery attitude while Squidward was being a bad sport and trying to hog the spotlight.
Furious, Squidward attacks Mini Squid. Then, a talent scout visiting the Krusty Krab offers Mini Squid a job, which he takes. In the end, Squidward's puppet problems are not solved, as SpongeBob makes another puppet of himself.
In the episode "The Paper," Lil' Squidward looks fatter than in Squid Wood, as Mini Squid.
In "The Paper," Lil' Squidward is slightly more green than Squidward.
Just like Mini Squidward, Squilliam Fancyson is also better than Squidward, much to his dismay.