He works as the cashier of the Krusty Krab, a job he absolutely loathes. Squidward is a very selfish individual and displays an unjustified air of superiority.
He also has at least 492 self-portraits and is delusional about his talents, such as playing the clarinet, though hardly anyone considers him to be very good.
Although Squidward's name contains the word "squid," he has been confirmed to be an octopus in many interviews and episodes. The series' animators believed that giving him eight tentacles would have made him look burdened and would be too difficult to animate, which is why he is normally depicted with six limbs. Notable exceptions are the live-action sequence in "Pressure" and briefly in "Sold!," in which he is seen with eight legs. A squid has ten limbs, unlike Squidward.
During Squidward's childhood, he always had to sit near the garbage cans at lunch, as he wasn't known as a friend by many people.
In 1998 or January, 1999, he became part of the Krusty Krab along with Jim and later, after Jim had quit, worked with a fry cook whose name has yet to be revealed. One day, Squidward was gardening when suddenly, a pineapple from a boat above fell on him and destroyed his garden. A sponge named SpongeBob SquarePants then moved into the pineapple and Squidward has been grumpy ever since.
At one point, he tried to move out of his house out of intolerance for his neighbors, but the real estate agent refused to sell his home on account of SpongeBob and Patrick stealing his identity and deceiving her.
At one point, he moved out of Bikini Bottom and into a town filled with his own peers, other octopuses who share his tastes and outlook on life. Here, he was forced to face how boring and oppressive his desired lifestyle really is, and he was able to ultimately break free of its bonds with a bit of inspired silliness.
On March 6, 2017 Squidward traveled 3,000 years into the future as a result of being thawed in the Krusty Krab freezer.
Squidward is a light turquoise octopus, and has purple suction cups at the end of his tentacles. He has six limbs in total, two being arms, and four being legs, which tend to make the shape of a plus sign when he stands in place. Whenever he walks, his suction cups stick to the floor, meaning that he walks with a distinct squelching noise. Squidward has a large cranium with eight holes on the top of it. However, in the episode "The Original Fry Cook," it is shown that he had long blonde hair once. He also has a skinny body, a big droopy nose, a wide mouth, and yellow eyes with rectangle vertical dark red irises and rectangle red pupils. When he laughs, his nose appears to deflate and inflate repeatedly. He wears a brown short-sleeved shirt, which is sometimes shorter.
His color is inconsistent throughout the series. While he is shown to be lighter green in earlier episodes, in later episodes he is shown having a lighter and more like a blue color.
In the episode "Just One Bite," a close-up of Squidward's face is shown, revealing it to be disturbing and very morbid. In the episode "Frankendoodle," he is wearing fancy clothing in one scene.
In the episode "Sandy's Rocket," Squidward is shown to be wearing an old version of his nightwear. It is pink with magenta-colored flowers on it. In newer episodes such as "Sentimental Sponge," Squidward is seen wearing his real nightgown. In this episode, he refers to it as a "night shirt." It is a light purple nightgown that comes with a matching nightcap. It is the third version of his nightwear. The second version appears in "Employee of the Month" and "Funny Pants."
It is shown in the episode "Bulletin Board" that Squidward has a tattoo of a red rose on his right arm.
Squidward is arrogant, self-centered, grumpy, sarcastic, sadistic, snobby, bad-tempered, rude, mean, and easily annoyed. He views the world in such a negative aspect that he is rarely seen greeting anyone with a smile. He loathes his job at the Krusty Krab, and while this doesn't interfere with his ability to perform it well, it doesn't mean he can't get over his dislike of the ones he works with.
Squidward's personality is grumpy, hot-tempered, selfish, miserable, frustrated, cranky, snarky, and serious. In spite of this, he is still one of the most intelligent characters, and out of all the seven main characters, he can be categorized as the most educated one, along with Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Plankton, and Gary. He has a sarcastic attitude and sees others as uncivilized morons, while failing to accept his own personal shortcomings. Squidward sees himself as misunderstood and unappreciated, blaming society for his failures.
He is annoyingly pretentious in his pursuit of fame and is either unwilling or unable to spot talent and creativity, even belittling it. He lauds "cultivated taste" and accepted standards. In the episode "Artist Unknown," he insists that his pupil SpongeBob "show his method," even when it is painfully clear that SpongeBob has artistic genius. Furthermore, Squidward takes credit for creating the David statue when SpongeBob is the actual creator. His motive was to impress the art appraiser. In the episode "Bubblestand," he belittles SpongeBob's bubble blowing.
Squidward is also jealous of those who are more artistic than he is, for example, Nat Peterson, Patrick Star,Mr. Krabs, Squilliam Fancyson, and even the puppet Big Nose. In "Slimy Dancing," Squidward cheats during the dance show by hiding in SpongeBob's body and using the latter's physical identity and talents to win the trophy. He attempts to steal the dance trophy after being criticized by the judges, only to be thrown out by the security. In "Professor Squidward," Squidward impersonates Squilliam Fancyson while exercising his power as a music teacher, preceding his arrest by the police. In "Sold!," after knowing that SpongeBob and Patrick think Nick Fishkins has bought their homes. Squidward lies that a 14-member family has moved into SpongeBob's pineapple and an 8-member rock band with several instruments has moved into Patrick's rock. When SpongeBob and Patrick come to their old houses, he puts on outfits to match the characters that he made up.
Squidward is generally portrayed as an overall failure. His musical skills with the clarinet are generally portrayed as sub-par, from mediocre to excruciatingly horrible. In "Sweet and Sour Squid," Squidward's disastrous clarinet playing creates a mass noise disturbance throughout town, prompting the authorities' arrival. However, there have been numerous exceptions - such as in "Bubblestand" and "Hello Bikini Bottom!" - where he plays nicely. At the end of "Christmas Who?," he manages to play great with the wooden clarinet SpongeBob carved for him. In "That's No Lady," he manages to play a nice tune to woo "Patricia." In addition, in "Best Day Ever," he even has a concert where he plays beautifully and receives thunderous applause from the audience. SpongeBob was even on the VIP list for it. It seems that he is actually capable of playing the clarinet very well by providing the full effort. He plays well enough in "Hello Bikini Bottom!" for a musical manager to offer him and SpongeBob a job. He also - if the player plays well - plays well in the Rock Bottom mini-game in Lights, Camera, Pants!, along with Beats Me. He is also first-chair in the Bikini Bottom Orchestra.
He often lets this success go to his head. In "Skill Crane," Squidward's final success in winning from the toy claw machine goes to his head and influences him to use a construction crane; his out-of-control usage of said crane leads to the demolition of the future site of a mall, and eventually the Krusty Krab.
His overall artistic style is shown to be abstract and overly sophisticated, and his works are commonly panned by his audiences. His critical failure is shown to be more due to his bad taste, rather than a genuine lack of talent. The majority of his art centers on himself, apparently holding his very being to be an artistic wonder. In the episode "One Krabs Trash," Squidward is shown bringing flowers to a gravestone reading "Here Lies Squidward's Hopes and Dreams." Despite his lack of success, Squidward is tireless in his pursuit of artistic achievement. In "Dunces and Dragons," Squidly, Squidward's medieval ancestor, vowed that if he could not learn to play the clarinet correctly, his seventh great-grandson would be cursed tenfold. In "Squilliam Returns," Squilliam mentions that Squidward was voted "Most Likely to Suck Eggs" in high school.
Squidward is well-educated and knows his history. He is intelligent and has a lot of worldly knowledge, especially compared to those of SpongeBob and Patrick. Squidward is also a skilled driver, as he manages to drive virtually everything, from a traditional bike, a boat, car, and even a tractor. Squidward is a good-natured and caring person; he just does not like to get too involved in things.
When he is at the Krusty Krab, he is a lazy, sloppy employee who has an intense dislike of the restaurant and its management, which is best exemplified in the "Krusty Krab Training Video." He is considered "inattentive, impatient," with "a glazed look in the eye." In episodes where Squidward is put behind the grill whenever SpongeBob is missing, he has shown himself to be an incompetent fry cook, often burning the food instead of cooking it, which affects the health of its consumers. This is shown in "Pickles," "Hooky," and "SpongeBob LongPants." In "Chum Fricassee," it is revealed by Grandma Tentacles that Squidward undercooked her fricassee, thus poisoning the customers. In "Accidents Will Happen," he fakes his injury and lies to Mr. Krabs for the sole purpose of seeking sympathy and having an excuse to not work. He does this again in "Squiditis," where he lies to Mr. Krabs about having the eponymous disease to have a day off. In the episode "Squid on Strike," he organizes a worker's strike at the Krusty Krab. He even causes the destruction of the Krusty Krab, although indirectly and accidentally.
However, despite his hatred for his job and the constant abuse and misfortune from having it, he very rarely ever quits and never considers looking for better employment. He puts up with it out of pure laziness and stubborn pride out of the fact that he expects to let benefits come to him rather than actually trying, such as in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" and "New Leaf" when Mr. Krabs threatens to fire him and Squidward lets this threaten him to go along with what he's getting dragged into against his will.
It is revealed in a flashback of "The Original Fry Cook" that he insists on remaining at the Krusty Krab until his clarinet career pays off, regardless of if it never does. Other examples include "Can You Spare a Dime?," in which he quits the Krusty Krab and becomes homeless due to not finding a new job. After being taken in by SpongeBob, Squidward becomes a pushy mooch and consistently ignores by choice or out of obliviousness to SpongeBob's hints for him to at least attempt to look for a new job. In "Banned in Bikini Bottom," after the Krusty Krab is closed down, rather than trying to search for himself a new job, he waits around with SpongeBob watching Mr. Krabs wallow in depression. In "Goodbye, Krabby Patty," after getting officially fired from the Krusty Krab, Squidward takes pettiness to this, but sees this as an opportunity to follow his dreams, only to find out that he needs better experience than 17 years as a cashier. Yet rather than trying to actually search for a better job, he begs for SpongeBob help him get employed at the Krusty Krab Museum. The most recent example is "The Check-Up" when a nurse threatens to have the Krusty Krab permanently closed, Squidward ends up deciding to help SpongeBob rather than ditching to let him do it himself, stating that if the Krusty Krab is closed down, he would "have to get a real job."
As it all turns out, one of the reasons why Squidward is often arrogant and bad-tempered, especially the fact that he's rude and hateful to most people, is having to put up with SpongeBob and Patrick's boisterous and irritating behaviors, which sometimes leads him to make plans to get him to stop, although sometimes, either as a result of his own arrogance or carelessness, his plans backfire on him. This is shown in "Jellyfishing" where Squidward unleashes a jellyfish in a jar with the intent to make it sting SpongeBob and Patrick, in retaliation for making him get stung by the Queen Jellyfish. In "Fools in April," Squidward pulls a very cruel and harmful prank on SpongeBob that physically assaults him while under the manipulation of a rope tied to him. In "Suction Cup Symphony," Squidward kicks SpongeBob and Patrick out of his window so hard to the point of fracturing the latter's buttock bones. In "Dying for Pie," Squidward buys an explosive pie to give to SpongeBob for Employee Brotherhood Day, oblivious to the fact that it is infused with a bomb; SpongeBob allegedly consumes it, only to reveal toward the ending that he had it in his pocket the whole time to share with Squidward. Although Squidward tried to make the last hours of SpongeBob's life meaningful, he expresses anger upon discovering that SpongeBob never actually ate the pie. In "The Lost Mattress," Squidward tries to get SpongeBob and Patrick eaten by the guard worm at the dump by having them trespass the fence while dressed up in steak suits. In "The Curse of Bikini Bottom," Squidward lends his lawn mower to SpongeBob and Patrick out of hope that they injure themselves with it. In "Sportz?," he creates a malicious sports game for them to play in an attempt to harm them. In "Scavenger Pants," Squidward makes up a really difficult scavenger hunt in hopes of getting SpongeBob and Patrick harmed.
Despite his grumpy nature, Squidward does have a caring heart deep down, and when he realizes his plans have caused either harm or emotional pain to those he ridiculed, he is quick to realize the error of his ways and make up for it while he can. Occasionally, such as in "Krab Borg," Squidward is seen teaming up with SpongeBob, or even caring about him.
Squidward has a considerable antagonistic side, frequently taking advantage of the situation to keep SpongeBob from tormenting him, which only backfires and worsens.
In "Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost," when SpongeBob and Patrick believe they have killed Squidward and that he is now a ghost, he takes advantage of this by making them his slaves. Eventually, SpongeBob and Patrick, after reading a magazine about the Flying Dutchman's death, get the idea that Squidward is being mean and angry because he was never put to rest. SpongeBob and Patrick attempt to bury Squidward, which ultimately brings him to confess that he is actually alive. However, SpongeBob and Patrick still think that Squidward is a ghost in denial and send him to the "great beyond" by trapping him in a bubble, which floats up into the sky where the pelicans are.
In "Employee of the Month," both Squidward and SpongeBob viciously compete to see who will hold the new Employee of the Month award, also setting up traps for one another.
In "Fools in April," Squidward gets annoyed with SpongeBob pulling playful and harmless pranks on people at the Krusty Krab, and pulls a very cruel and harmful prank on SpongeBob in retaliation. Squidward then laughs at him when he comes out of the trash, which makes SpongeBob run out of the restaurant sobbing hysterically, and the Bikini Bottomites turn on him. Squidward tries to apologize, but he is physically unable to apologize until the very end of the episode, where SpongeBob has the last laugh: all of his friends were standing behind him in his house and witnessed Squidward's apology. As a result, Squidward suffers a mental breakdown and runs off back to his house laughing maniacally after shouting that he had just fooled them as well.
In "Christmas Who?," he coldly rebuffs SpongeBob in his stories about Christmas, Santa Claus, and the spirit of the holiday season because he thinks he's telling everyone lies. He even shouts at SpongeBob that he doesn't believe in Santa Claus. On Christmas Day, the next morning, he snapped a photo of a depressed SpongeBob and cruelly laughed and scoffed at his humiliation. Things blow up in Squidward's face when SpongeBob gave him a wooden clarinet as a Christmas present. After receiving this act of kindness, Squidward realized what a foolish jerk he's been and his grouchy attitude literally ruined Christmas for everybody. To atone for his actions and apologize to SpongeBob, he dresses up as Santa Claus and brings the spirit of Christmas back to everyone in Bikini Bottom.
In "Can You Spare a Dime?," Squidward accepts SpongeBob's offer to live in his house until he finds a new job. However, he takes advantage of SpongeBob's hospitality by lying in bed all day and essentially making SpongeBob his domestic slave, staying so long that he not even attempts to find a job. This eventually proves too much for SpongeBob, who becomes angry with Squidward, who soon begins aggressively giving Squidward obvious hints to get a job, which Squidward doesn't notice. Eventually, SpongeBob confronts Mr. Krabs in an attempt to force him to give Squidward his job back, and in the process accidentally reveals that Mr. Krabs' first "dime" was in his pants the whole time, and that Squidward did not steal it.
In "Grandma's Kisses," Squidward and the customers at the Krusty Krab ruthlessly tease SpongeBob for having a kiss on his forehead given by his grandma. At the end of the episode, it is shown that they have been spying on SpongeBob with his grandma through her house's window and laughing at them.
In "The Lost Mattress," while retrieving the mattress, Squidward nearly threatened to murder SpongeBob, and then he used him and Patrick as "worm bait." However, Squidward becomes the worm's prey.
In "Funny Pants," SpongeBob's laughing annoys him to no end, so Squidward tells SpongeBob that he had a "laugh box" that would burn up if he laughed within 24 hours and could never laugh again. SpongeBob eventually thinks he lost his laugh and goes into "spiraling depression," which proves to be too much for Squidward to handle.
In "Krusty Towers," he makes several ridiculous requests with the purpose of driving Mr. Krabs crazy.
In "The Splinter," Squidward tells SpongeBob that Mr. Krabs will have to kick him out for getting a splinter at work.
In "Professor Squidward" Squidward impersonates Squilliam, but the principal finds a real Squilliam and then Squidward is arrested and thus sent to jail.
In "I ♥ Dancing," Squidward gets jealous that SpongeBob has an audition in a musical, and "teaches" him how to dance in order to steal the spot for himself, training SpongeBob to the point of exhaustion. While he wins, he is to star in Squilliam's musical, and is forced to train to perform a dance that SpongeBob had performed earlier, with Squilliam clearly planning to run him ragged just as Squidward had done to SpongeBob.
In "Sponge-Cano!," he scolds everyone in the Krusty Krab and yells at SpongeBob for humming.
In "That Sinking Feeling," he tries to separate SpongeBob and Patrick by drawing a line, and later, he threatens to kill them on the count of three if his house is not back to normal.
In "Restraining SpongeBob," Squidward has a restraining order placed on SpongeBob to keep him away from him. When Patrick begins to annoy Squidward far worse than SpongeBob, he releases SpongeBob and adds Patrick to said restraining order.
In "Little Yellow Book," Squidward reads SpongeBob's work diary in front of the customers, which hurts SpongeBob's feelings. He sees that he has been known as a "diary thief," but does not feel bad until his house is repossessed. Later, he even reads SpongeBob's personal diary.
In "Don't Look Now," SpongeBob and Patrick saw a scary horror movie; Squidward pretends to be the Fisherman from said movie to play a cruel joke on them. As a result, SpongeBob and Patrick misinterpret the Fisherman eating Squidward, they in reality end up injuring Squidward.
In "Yeti Krabs," Squidward arrogantly attacks the Yeti Krab when he thinks it is Mr. Krabs in disguise and nearly puts Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, and himself in danger.
In "Sold!," after knowing that SpongeBob and Patrick think Nick Fishkins has bought their homes, Squidward lies that a 14-member family has moved into SpongeBob's pineapple and an eight-member rock band with several instruments has moved into Patrick's rock. When SpongeBob and Patrick come to their old houses, he puts on outfits to match the characters that he made up. This exhausts him, and SpongeBob and Patrick flip Squidward's house. Nick Fishkins later comes by, and Squidward's house is "Not Sold." SpongeBob and Patrick then return to their homes.
In "The Whole Tooth," Squidward antagonizes SpongeBob and Patrick's belief in the tooth fairy. At night when SpongeBob tries to take Patrick's baby tooth to the tooth fairy, Squidward attempts to trick Patrick into thinking that SpongeBob betrayed him. But his plan fails when SpongeBob shows them who the tooth fairy really is. As punishment for trying to ruin their friendship, Squidward is forced to eat chum meat, which makes him lose all of his teeth.
In "Mermaid Pants," SpongeBob and Patrick made a supervillain lair for Squidward and Mr. Krabs as part of their game of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. However, Squidward takes advantage of his supervillain role and tries to kill SpongeBob and Patrick by dipping them into the fryer in a desperate attempt to get them out of his life. But luckily, SpongeBob and Patrick foil his plan at the last moment and make Squidward fall into the fryer instead.
In "Unreal Estate," Squidward breaks into SpongeBob's house at night to infest it with pepper so that SpongeBob will think he's allergic to his house, which he aims that SpongeBob will leave to another house. However, this changes when he himself finds the perfect house for him, which makes him stay in that house and makes SpongeBob stay in his old neighborhood, away from his new house.
In "Mimic Madness," Squidward, along with Plankton, intended on hurting SpongeBob in order to make him stop mimicking others. However, Patrick demanded them to leave him alone.
Despite Squidward's antagonist side, he has been blamed many times for things that were not his fault.
In "Your Shoe's Untied," SpongeBob keeps tripping over his untied shoelaces, making dozens of Krabby Patties fly into Squidward's mouth. The customers blame him for eating the food, even when Squidward tells them it was SpongeBob's fault.
In "Squid on Strike," Squidward is outraged, and goes on strike due to Mr. Krabs instead of paying him for his "work" made him pay Mr. Krabs. SpongeBob tags along so as to get their jobs back but he destroys the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs then makes both of them work to pay off the damages, despite the fact that Squidward did not play a part in demolishing the Krusty Krab.
In "Krab Borg," Mr. Krabs yells at Squidward for tying him up and destroying his items, even though SpongeBob had a hand in it and was the one who convinced Squidward that Mr. Krabs was a robot in the first place. In fact, the only reason SpongeBob is let off the hook was that he had to "feed Gary."
In "Can You Spare a Dime?," Mr. Krabs blames Squidward for stealing his missing dime since he was near the cash register. This causes Squidward to quit his job, lose everything, and drive SpongeBob mad. It is soon revealed that Mr. Krabs' dime was in his pocket the entire time, and Squidward was hired back. Even so, he later accused Squidward for putting the dime in his pants, and history repeated itself.
In "The Lost Mattress," he wrote Mr. Krabs a card saying that he got him a new mattress even though it was all SpongeBob and Patrick's idea. However, he actually caused Krabs to go into a "Cash Coma" because all his money was in the old mattress. He was then forced by the police to get the mattress back. However, this could count as karmic punishment, since he wanted to take credit for SpongeBob and Patrick's work.
In "Good Neighbors," SpongeBob and Patrick interrupt Squidward's Sunday morning by trying to be "good neighbors." Squidward then installs a security system to keep them away from him. However, it malfunctions causing his house to come to life and destroy the town. After it had been turned off, he was given a sentence to community service every Sunday despite how he had little control over his house's actions.
In "Cephalopod Lodge," SpongeBob and Patrick follow Squidward to a secret club of his thus causing him to be kicked out, when he really did not know they were even coming. In fact, he carefully checked his surroundings to try to avoid this.
In "Boating Buddies," Squidward was being annoyed by SpongeBob, so he got in his boat and attempted to drive away. However, SpongeBob accidentally causes Squidward to crash, thus sending him to Mrs. Puff's Boating School. He was then injured many times due to SpongeBob's bad driving, thus he was unable to take the test despite the fact that he knew the right answers.
In "Truth or Square," he, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs were stuck in the air vents. Patrick then took out a radio that he "borrowed" from Sandy. He then tried calling for help, but he did not know how to use it. Therefore, Squidward used it to call Sandy. However, Sandy then accused him of stealing it from her.
In "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful," Squidward was given eight tickets to community service by the end of the episode even though he never actually littered.
In "Sentimental Sponge," SpongeBob becomes a hoarder off the idea that random garbage holds valuable memories. He later throws it into Squidward's yard. This angers Squidward, and he ends up calling the police on SpongeBob. They then condemn SpongeBob's house for being unsanitary, and then Squidward's for being covered in his garbage even though none of it was Squidward's, nor was he a hoarder.
In "The Googly Artiste," Patrick becomes famous off his "art," and Mr. Krabs becomes mad at him for making his art from Krabby Patties in which he sold for more money than he bought them for. He then said he was just following Squidward's advice, thus getting Squidward into trouble. However, that was not what Squidward meant when he was giving "advice."
In "Fiasco!," he was sent to prison when he really did not do anything bad at all. He led the police to SpongeBob's house saying that SpongeBob, Patrick, and Gary are making noise. In fact, he actually did the police a favor by leading them to Plankton, who stole the famous art piece Fiasco.
An avid patron of the arts, Squidward has a strong affection for interpretive dance, sculpting, painting, and playing the clarinet. However, he seems to have almost no talent for any of them whatsoever, although he does play the clarinet beautifully at the end of the "Christmas Who?," at the end of "Bubblestand," and in "The Two Faces of Squidward." He has often tried to impress the public with his artistic exhibitions, but is always either unrecognized, mocked by his audience, or upstaged by SpongeBob. Squidward always wants to be the center of attention but rarely ever is. In "Best Day Ever," he had a concert where he played beautifully and received thunderous applause from the audience. SpongeBob was on the VIP list for it, which is ironic, considering Squidward's intense hatred for him. Squidward also misses many chances to become famous, even in his dreams.
His lack of talent seems to go all the way back to when he was a kid: in "Lost and Found," it is revealed in a flashback that Squidward was a kazoo player in elementary school and that his classmates found his music so bad that they all ran out of school, despite Squidward thinking he excelled in playing the instrument.
All of his artwork, from sculptures to paintings, depicts himself in a way, even repainting existing works to include his own face. He surrounds himself with said art throughout his house, a clear indication of his narcissist tendencies. These arts have occasionally been admired greatly by Patrick and SpongeBob, but are universally hated by the rest of Bikini Bottom.
He has tried several things to reach the fame he desires: hosting a talent show, starting his own astrology spin-off, forming a band, and so on, yet he cannot seem to get much of a following.
Bad but good art
Despite Squidward said to be a bad talentless artist, his art has been turned down many times for something that ironically was not as good.
In "Sleepy Time," Squidward is in his dream playing his clarinet to the king. SpongeBob then causes Squidward to break his clarinet by accident, and thus Squidward is forced to use SpongeBob as a replacement. It sounds horrible but everyone loves it.
In "Squid Wood," Squidward becomes jealous of Mini Squidward when he was "stealing his life" by doing all the same artistic things Squidward himself did, but Squidward was always turned down for Mini Squidward despite the fact that they were both doing exactly the same things.
In "The Masterpiece," Squidward made a large statue of Mr. Krabs to eliminate the competition of the Sea Chicken Shack; however, it was turned down, and was replaced by the real Mr. Krabs.
In "The Googly Artiste," Squidward made a statue of himself, which was turned down by an art critic. Patrick then made a pet rock and Squidward was turned down for said rock.
Despite his reputation for being a "bad artist," Squidward has made art that people have actually enjoyed.
In "Bubblestand," Squidward blew a huge bubble by using the "technique," and successfully played the clarinet by playing jazz music.
In "Artist Unknown," Squidward goes crazy in the end, and creates a great statue in the process.
In "Best Day Ever," Squidward does a clarinet concert in which people seem to enjoy.
Squidward works as the cashier at the Krusty Krab, along with his co-worker, SpongeBob SquarePants. He not only hates his duties but the Krusty Krab itself, and he performs his job rather poorly and with a lack of enthusiasm. He also frequently behaves rudely to the customers. He has often expressed a desire to be fired or simply quit, but never makes good on it. While he initially only seems to work there because he needs the money, he seems to only be there out of pure laziness of getting a different job as the series progresses.
In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Squidward is manager of the Krusty Krab 2 for six days, although due to Plankton's invasion of Bikini Bottom, the new restaurant is not in service during this time. It is also shown here that Squidward actually cares about what happens to the Krusty Krab and the Krabby Patty formula when he discovers Plankton selling Krabby Patties and threatens to report him to King Neptune. In "Selling Out," Squidward works as the waiter for Krabby O'Monday's. He was forced to maintain a false state of happiness, or else face "Human Resources," a thug in the back of the building.
Squidward has had many injuries and near-death experiences. He is one of the most unfortunate characters, and is in some way hurt in a majority of his appearances. He is shown to be an underdog, a person who almost never wins. In some episodes, he caused his own near-death experiences, such as breaking his own "laugh box," falling into a volcano, freezing himself almost to death, suffocating himself with three pillows on his head, and eating too many Krabby Patties and exploding. He almost froze to death in "Frozen Face-Off." He is also almost always injured by his bad karma. An example of this is in "My Pretty Seahorse" when he says "Remember your karma," while being upset at SpongeBob. He quickly has a bike wreck, falls off a cliff, and then explodes. He is also allergic to seaberries, as seen in "Restraining SpongeBob."
Help Wanted: He and Mr. Krabs are nearly beaten by countless anchovies.
Reef Blower: Almost dies from lack of water after SpongeBob accidentally drains the ocean.
Bubblestand: His house gets trapped in a giant bubble with him inside, which he didn't know about until he looked out of the window and floated away until the bubble exploded.
Jellyfishing: A jellyfish stings Squidward while he is riding his bike, causing him to lose control and ride off a cliff, with an unusual and unexplained nuclear explosion as he hits the ground. The incident leaves Squidward in an electric wheelchair with a full body cast that prevents him from any body movement. During the welcome party SpongeBob and Patrick had thrown, the latter blows piping hot soup in his face. Then during when SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward are at Jellyfish Fields for jellyfishing, Patrick stabs a jellyfish net through his casted hand to make sure he firmly grasps it. When Squidward catches a jellyfish, he gets zapped by a giant jellyfish. This leaves him in an even fuller body cast on an electric bed. At the end of the episode the giant jellyfish returns and zaps Squidward again, thus breaking his body cast.
Naughty Nautical Neighbors: Nearly chokes to death on a fork, but is saved by Patrick. Then he hurts his back only to be saved by SpongeBob. At the end, after SpongeBob and Patrick destroy Squidward's house, a bubble pops near the door, collapsing it and crushing Squidward, breaking his back again.
Pizza Delivery: Nearly hit by a truck along with SpongeBob and is buried in the sand. When he tries to chase SpongeBob in pursuit of the pizza, they are lifted by a tornado and get smashed into the ground. When SpongeBob drives the giant rock, Squidward is run over by the rock.
Dying for Pie: SpongeBob performs unlicensed open-heart surgery on him, causing Squidward's heart to puss. Then SpongeBob trips on a rock, causing the explosive pie to hit Squidward in the face; the bomb then detonates in his face.
Christmas Who?: Falls from the roof of his house while dressed as Santa Claus.
Pressure: He, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs are nearly eaten by seagulls.
Shanghaied: Gets electrocuted by the Flying Dutchman multiple times, and is thrown into the Fly Of Despair. He, SpongeBob, and Patrick are either chased or eaten by the Flying Dutchman depending on the ending.
Band Geeks: He gets pinned to the wall by drumsticks and the loud noise of the instruments distorts his face, and shattering the windows.
Club SpongeBob: When he tries to get out, the vine snaps, and SpongeBob, Patrick, and him are flung into the Kelp Forest. He starves when the Magic Conch Shell refuses to feed him.
My Pretty Seahorse: He doesn't watch where he is going on his bike, so he falls of a cliff and gets caught in a nuclear explosion, similar to "Jellyfishing."
Just One Bite: In a deleted scene he is incinerated twice because of security traps. Then consumes almost all of the Krabby Patties inside the patty vault, which goes straight to his thighs, causing him to literally explode. He ends up in an ambulance, with his tentacles in a bucket and only his head remaining intact.
Idiot Box: Tumbles down a mountain of trash and lands face first into a pie, with the box landing on top of him.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV: Gets tortured repeatedly by misuse of Mermaid Man's belt. He is later shrunk by it but SpongeBob shrunk Bikini Bottom including himself.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V: Mermaid Man mistakenly uses his water ball attack on Squidward, and bearing the likeness and powers of Captain Magma, he disintegrates. Later comes to the Krusty Krab in a dog collar.
Clams: SpongeBob hooks his nose with the fishing line, ripping it off. He and SpongeBob are nearly eaten by the giant clam when Mr. Krabs ties them up as bait. He and SpongeBob almost starve to death when Mr. Krabs drops the sandwiches and the fridge at the sea.
Skill Crane: The episode ends with the thug builders ready to beat Squidward up.
Good Neighbors: Has polka-dot paint squirted in his eyes. A couple almost runs him over with their car in order to bring Squidward to the hospital for the red polka-dot paint has been mistaken for chicken pox. Squidward is kicked out of his house--which is living--then it nearly stomps him. Lastly, he gets crushed by his own house.
Funny Pants: He broke his "laugh box" and was hospitalized. He had his laugh box replaced with a part of SpongeBob's, making his laugh sound just like the latter's, and in a fit of insanity, he runs through a hospital wall.
Krusty Towers: He, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs are almost killed in the Krusty Towers' destruction.
Wishing You Well: Falls down the well with SpongeBob and Patrick for company. When he climbs up the walls in the well he falls back down. He then fights with Patrick as the latter sits on him. Then when he escapes the well he wishes be to far away from Bikini Bottom. A speeding bus promptly hits him with him clinging on the front of the bus which is going to his destination.
Squidtastic Voyage: His life was in jeopardy through this episode, as SpongeBob and Patrick were inside his body while searching for a clarinet reed stuck in his throat. Sandy even gets him to sign his waiver.
Rule of Dumb: His house is lifted by a crane and dropped with him still inside.
Giant Squidward: Stands on a giant rake and nearly traps his finger in a bear trap and crushed by the giant clarinet. He is also attacked by an angry mob, similar to Gulliver's Travels.
Boat Smarts: Flies into and gets crushed by a steamroller, crashes into a brick wall, and along with Mrs. Puff, is sent into the air and crashes into the pile-up of boatmobiles due to SpongeBob's reckless driving.
Krabs à la Mode: Slips and slides across the icy floor, almost impaled by icicles with SpongeBob, gets run over by skating hockey players and SpongeBob, is hit by the Clamboni, and is frozen by Plankton but defrosted by Mr. Krabs afterwards.
The Two Faces of Squidward: SpongeBob slams the door into him numerous times, which enhances his appearance. He gets injuries when Mr. Krabs whacks his face with the door.
Squidward in Clarinetland: Swallowed by the Keeper of the Hornet Forest head and melts. He is then tortured by SpongeBob in various worlds. He is hit several times on the SpongeBob SquarePants Pinball Game by Patrick. He is also sucked up by a giant vacuum cleaner.
Slide Whistle Stooges: Crashes his gasoline truck off a cliff. This is followed by a huge explosion, which lodges Squidward's slide whistle in his throat.
Boating Buddies: He, SpongeBob, and Mrs. Puff are sent through a wild spin on an out-of-control boatmobile. He also gets beaten up twice by a muscular fish.
Choir Boys: His pedaling seat gets trapped in a pothole which SpongeBob dug, flinging Squidward to Jellyfish Fields where he is zapped by a group of jellyfish. Then he almost lost his voice due to his reckless singing.
Cephalopod Lodge: He gets thrown out of the Cephalopod Lodge twice, gets crushed by Patrick and then gets zapped on the tongue by a jellyfish twice by Patrick for the initiation. His tongue gets electrocuted at the end of the episode while off-screen.
Dear Vikings: Nearly thrown into the sea, only to be saved by SpongeBob.
Pineapple Fever: Electrocuted by lightning twice and falls down a steep height from SpongeBob's house, which was lifted by a tornado.
The Play's the Thing: He and SpongeBob are brutally rained on by the crowd with many objects, including an anchor.
Sponge-Cano!: Nearly falls into the volcano, but SpongeBob saves him.
Whelk Attack: He and most of Bikini Bottom get eaten by whelks.
Frozen Face Off: Chased by Mr. Krabs' pet worms, nearly eaten by the abominable snow mollusk, frozen in a block of ice twice, and falls out of the sleigh while frozen. He is nearly boiled alive in the deep-fryer by Plankton as a trap near the end.
Bubble Troubles: Burnt into pieces by SpongeBob and Patrick's hot sauce bubble.
Restraining SpongeBob: Smacked in the face by his loose windowpane, fell in deep fryer, flies across the Krusty Krab, accidentally eaten by Harold, injured numerous times by Patrick's bumbling, and flung into a seaberry pie, giving him an allergic reaction. Patrick then attacks him when he thinks Squidward is a monster due to Squidward's allergic reaction.
Squirrel Jelly: Gets brutally beaten up by Sandy's competitive nature.
Creation and development
Stephen Hillenburg first became fascinated with the ocean and began developing his artistic abilities as a child. During college, he majored in marine biology and minored in art. After graduating in 1984, he joined the Ocean Institute, an ocean education organization, where he had the idea to create a comic book titled The Intertidal Zone, which led to the creation of SpongeBob SquarePants. In 1987, Hillenburg left the Institute to pursue a career in animation.
Several years after studying experimental animation at the California Institute of the Arts, Hillenburg met Joe Murray, creator of Rocko's Modern Life, at an animation festival. Murray offered Hillenburg a job as a director of the series.Martin Olson, one of the writers for Rocko's Modern Life, read The Intertidal Zone and encouraged Hillenburg to create a television series with a similar concept. At that point, Hillenburg had not considered creating his own series, but soon realized that this was his chance. Shortly after production on Rocko's Modern Life ended in 1996, Hillenburg began working on SpongeBob SquarePants.
Hillenburg used some character designs from his comic book. He designed "SpongeBob's grumpy next door neighbor" as an octopus because the species' large head; octopuses, he said, "have such a large bulbous head and Squidward thinks he's an intellectual so of course, he's gonna have a large bulbous head." Hillenburg drew Squidward with six tentacles because "it was really just simpler for animation to draw him with six legs instead of eight". Show writer and storyboard artist Vincent Waller said:
Squidward is hard to draw-he has a very odd-shaped head. Fortunately, his emotions are pretty even, but to get a whole lot of big emoting out of him is a challenge. His nose splits everything in half, so it's always like, 'OK, how am I going to work this and still make it read?'
Conflicting statements from Hillenburg and Nickelodeon's official website have led to some doubt over whether the character is an octopus or a squid. Hillenburg named him Squidward because the name Octoward--in the words of Squidward's voice actor Rodger Bumpass--"just didn't work." The sound of Squidward's footsteps is produced by rubbing hot water bottles. The footsteps, and those of the rest of the main characters, are recorded by the show's foley crew. Sound designer Jeff Hutchins said that footstep sounds "[help] tell which character it is and what surface they're stepping on". Bumpass inspired the idea of having Squidward ride a recumbent bicycle; Bumpass owns one of these bicycles, which he rides around Burbank, California. Bumpass described it as his "little inside joke".
Squidward's voice is provided by actor Rodger Bumpass, who voices several other SpongeBob SquarePants characters, including Squidward's mother. While creating the show and writing its pilot episode in 1997, Hillenburg and the show's then-creative director Derek Drymon were also conducting voice auditions.Mr. Lawrence, who had worked with Hillenburg and Drymon on Rocko's Modern Life, was Hillenburg's first choice for the role. Hillenburg had invited Lawrence to audition for all the show's characters. Instead of Squidward, Hillenburg decided to give Lawrence the part of Plankton, the series' villain.
According to Bumpass, Squidward was "a very nasally, monotone kind of guy." He said the character became interesting to perform because of "his sarcasm, and then his frustration, and then his apoplexy, and so he became a wide spectrum of emotions."Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob, describes Bumpass recording his lines in the studio, saying, "I love watching Rodger ... He's right next to me". According to Kenny, when Bumpass "goes apoplectic" as Squidward while recording, his head turns red, "and you're afraid he's going to have an embolism."
Several of the show's crew praise Bumpass for his performance and similitude to the character. Kenny called Bumpass "brilliant" and said, "[he] is sort of like Squidward". Staff writer Kent Osborne said, "I remember thinking about how much Rodger talks and acts like Squidward. That's why it's such a good voice—he's so connected to it". However, Bumpass said, "I'm not him and he's not me, but what I'm required to do for him and what I am enabled to do for him is what makes it like me. It fits my particular talents and skills very well. So in that respect, yeah, he is me, but I am not the cranky, sarcastic, underachieving kind of guy that he is. He's easy to fall in, I will say that."
Squidward's voice has been compared to that of Jack Benny's. Kenny said, "To me, there's something just so funny about that Jack-Benny-loyal-to-nobody character that Rodger Bumpass does such a great job of playing [...] Squidward". Arthur Brown, author of Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Cartoons!, said that Squidward "sounds a lot like Jack Benny". Bumpass repudiated the relationship, saying "Jack Benny, no. Although he does have this observational sarcasm he occasionally brought out."
SpongeBob is the character Squidward interacts with the most, and is also the one he dislikes more than the rest, often trying to avoid him at all costs.
The main reason for Squidward's massive dislike for SpongeBob's existence is because SpongeBob can be extremely annoying towards Squidward, but SpongeBob is unaware of this, and thus continues to irritate him.
Their relationship is somewhat complicated. While SpongeBob sees Squidward as one of his best friends, this is mostly one-sided, although Squidward occasionally shows sympathy towards him; this is seen in episodes such as "Pizza Delivery" and "Christmas Who?." Squidward also admired SpongeBob's selfless bravery against the Flying Dutchman in "Born Again Krabs." Later, in "SpongeBob, You're Fired!," Squidward fought off four crazed restaurant owners to rescue SpongeBob and later admitted that as much he hates him, he hates the smell of burnt Krabby Patties more before giving him a heartfelt plea to return to the being the fry cook at the Krusty Krab. In the episode "SB-129," Squidward says that he misses everything, including SpongeBob. Sometimes, he is in need of SpongeBob's help, as shown in "Skill Crane."
Squidward does not seem to mind Mr. Krabs, but he can sometimes lose patience with him, usually when he is a cheapskate. In "Born Again Krabs," he chastises Mr. Krabs for selling SpongeBob's soul for pocket change. He also gets outraged when Mr. Krabs blames something on him. Regardless, Squidward and Mr. Krabs have been working together for a long time and the two have developed a decent relationship. However, their relationship seems to have taken a turn for the worst as the series progresses, with Mr. Krabs becoming more immoral and greedy, and Squidward angrier and grumpier.
Throughout the series, Squidward is shown to have a considerable dislike towards Patrick. As with Mr. Krabs, this hatred overall seem to have taken a turn for the worse in later seasons. In "Restraining SpongeBob," Squidward is very annoyed with Patrick when he would stalk him, ask stupid questions, and use his clarinet to clean the bathroom.
Their relationship in general is awkward; unlike SpongeBob, Patrick notices Squidward's malice more often, and tends to contradict him more. Squidward in return is also more rude and disrespectful to Patrick than to SpongeBob. The two have even fought each other in some episodes due to their differences. However, Squidward sometimes hints he can tolerate Patrick more than SpongeBob.
While Squidward holds a massive hatred towards Patrick, he didn't seem to mind him before SpongeBob's arrival to their neighborhood. As shown in the TV special "Truth or Square," Squidward lived a happy life in Bikini Bottom, and even enjoyed his job at the Krusty Krab, only turning bitter and frustrated after SpongeBob moved. Additionally, in "No Hat for Pat," he wishes Patrick was SpongeBob before he tries to push him off the platform into an urchin bucket, hinting that even though he dislikes Patrick a lot, he hates SpongeBob far more.
Squidward and Plankton have an awkward relationship. They usually dislike each other. However, in the episodes "Sweet and Sour Squid" and "Chum Fricassee," they team up, although they remain enemies in the end.
Gary the Snail
Gary and Squidward have a complicated relationship. Gary annoys Squidward while Gary thinks Squidward is a jerk. However, Squidward does seem to have feelings for Gary as seen in "I Was a Teenage Gary." And they seem to sometimes share the same opinion about SpongeBob's annoying antics as Squidward once replied "Oh, tell me about it!" in "Giant Squidward."
In "Are You Happy Now?," Gary seemed to be concerned for Squidward like SpongeBob was. In "That Sinking Feeling," Squidward was searching SpongeBob in his house and when he spotted Gary on the roof, he said "hi" to him.
Squidward and Sandy usually do not talk to each other, but in "SquidBob TentaclePants," she transformed Squidward and SpongeBob after being stuck together. Sandy is one of the few characters Squidward seems to have no problems with, although Sandy does seem to sometimes to find Squidward intolerable, such as his recent assault on a creepy crawler with karate for revenge instead of self-defense in "Squid Defense." She can also get a little rough because in "Patrick! The Game" when he was about to quit Sandy scolded him to get back in.
Squilvia is Squidward's girlfriend in "Love that Squid." In the episode, Squilvia visits the Krusty Krab and Squidward falls in love with her and gets nervous around her, so SpongeBob has to act as his wingman. SpongeBob tells Squilvia that Squidward likes her and manages to get Squidward a date with her. However, Squidward is unprepared to go on a date because he has not gone on one in years. Therefore, SpongeBob teaches Squidward how to act in a date by pretending to be his girlfriend and going on a simulated date.
After Squidward cannot take it anymore, he yells at SpongeBob. However, he does not realize that Squilvia has arrived for their date. Squidward then thinks that she would not go out with him because he yelled at SpongeBob. However, she likes that he stood up for himself. They then go on their date.
Squidward's arch-rival is Squilliam Fancyson, whom he first met in high school in band class, who, like all other octopuses on the show, looks and acts similar to Squidward, but wears a robe and has a unibrow. However, unlike Squidward, Squilliam is extremely successful in everything that Squidward has failed in, and is living Squidward's dream of being a wealthy celebrity artist with crowds of adoring fans, usually with many admirers following his presence. In Squilliam's debut episode, "Band Geeks," he calls Squidward, at his home, to once again, rub his success in his face, saying that his band is signed to play at the Bubble Bowl but cannot come, and sarcastically asks Squidward for his "band" to cover for them. Squidward, caught in the moment, claims that he does have a band and will play at the Bubble Bowl, forcing him to put together a band from the residents of Bikini Bottom. Thanks to SpongeBob, their performance turns out to be much better than Squilliam could have ever expected, causing him to have a heart attack.
Squilliam returns in the aptly named episode "Squilliam Returns," in which Squidward meets him and a crowd of his fans. Squilliam tries to embarrass Squidward by showing the crowd his lowly position as a cashier, but Squidward claims to own a five-star restaurant, and Squilliam agrees to take the group to dinner there, expecting this claim to be exposed as a lie. Squidward's attempts at converting the Krusty Krab into a five-star restaurant are initially unsuccessful, until he gets SpongeBob to clear his mind of everything "except fine dining and breathing." SpongeBob is able to turn the Krusty Krab into an extremely extravagant and fancy diner. Everything goes well until Squilliam, who is admittedly impressed, asks his waiter, SpongeBob, his name. SpongeBob, having erased everything else from his mind, forgets his own name and subsequently everything else, going insane and destroying the "fancy restaurant" environment, with the help of Mr. Krabs' disgusting "appetizer" coming to life.
Squilliam appears again in "House Fancy" where Squilliam calls Squidward to boast about how his enormous house was chosen as fanciest house on the show House Fancy. Squidward then calls the show's host and claims his house is better. Then with the help of SpongeBob, he attempts to make it look better but ultimately ends up destroying his house. The show's host thinks this is a revolutionary house design, and for the second time, Squidward is able to beat Squilliam.
In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V," Squidward says "Ah, make out reef... good times, good times...," meaning he had been there when he was young with a love interest.
In "That's No Lady," Squidward and Mr. Krabs fall for Patrick, who was posing as a woman named Patricia because Patrick thought someone was trying to force him to leave Bikini Bottom.
In "Love That Squid," Squidward makes a date with another octopus named "Squilvia."
Squidward lives in a house resembling an Easter Island moai. It is placed in between SpongeBob and Patrick's houses at 122 Conch Street, and the address was revealed in "Slide Whistle Stooges." It has been personified several times, such as in the episode "The Secret Box," where it seems to be peeking at SpongeBob and Patrick's talk. Despite Squidward's wish for peace and quiet, his two neighbors, SpongeBob and Patrick, make it nearly impossible, due to their high level of childish immaturity and silliness. If Squidward had the choice, he would move. He does so in "Squidville," but ultimately decides that he had moved somewhere even worse. In "Opposite Day," Squidward tried to move, but SpongeBob and Patrick caused the real estate agent who was originally trying to sell Squidward's house to leave angrily, so Squidward had to stay. He also moved in "Stanley S. SquarePants," because he had realized that there were "two of them" and he became horrified.
Squidward does not live alone; Snellie, his snail from "The Great Snail Race," is in residence with him. In "Can You Spare a Dime?," after quitting his job from the Krusty Krab, Squidward was homeless until SpongeBob found him living in a cardboard box and then he ends up living in SpongeBob's house. Squidward almost became homeless again in "Giant Squidward," when he turned into a giant. In the episode "Good Neighbors," Squidward's house becomes a living robot, due to a security system, and terrorizes Bikini Bottom.
In 2000, a spin-off series of SpongeBob shorts was made called Astrology with Squidward. It focused on Squidward as a psychic telling audiences about different zodiac signs using other SpongeBob characters.
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