A spatula is a kitchen tool designed to cook a certain range of foods, as shown throughout the SpongeBob SquarePants series. They first appear in the episode "Help Wanted."
A regular spatula is made up of a handle and a blade. Spatulas in the series often have holes to allow liquids to flow through them. Rubber makes up part of the handle to prevent the fry cook from burning their hand.
Hydro-dynamic spatula - This spatula seen in "Help Wanted" and in a picture in "Sharks vs. Pods." Unlike most spatulas, this one has the port and starboard attachments and turbo drive.
Spat - SpongeBob uses this spatula throughout the majority of the series. Its most notable appearance is in "All That Glitters." It is referred to as "Fifi" in the episode "Little Yellow Book," which is a major continuity error.
Flat spatula - A spatula that has no holes in the middle and is seen in the episode "Pickles."
Golden spatula - A spatula that Plankton gives SpongeBob in order to be his friend and ultimately get the Krabby Patty formula through him. It is seen in the episode "Plankton!" and plays a prominent role in the video game Battle for Bikini Bottom as an award for task completion.
SpongeBob is known to use this equipment to cook food at the Krusty Krab, mainly Krabby Patties. His spatula is named "Spat," although
Spatulas are a central theme in the episode "All That Glitters," in which SpongeBob's spatula breaks from attempting to flip the Monster Krabby Patty and he is forced to buy a new one. The one he settles with is named "Le Spatula," whose personality is shown to be very rude, as he only adheres to the cooking of fancy food instead of Krabby Patties.
A spatula is also a major plot point of "Evil Spatula," in which SpongeBob replaces his spatula with one created by Plankton so the latter can obtain the Krabby Patty formula.