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. In the episode "Bubblestand," he belittles SpongeBob's bubble blowing.
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. 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.
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." However, given the management's treatment of the employees, his attitude towards the company is more realistic than SpongeBob's. 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."
One of the reasons why Squidward is often arrogant and bad-tempered is having to put up with SpongeBob's boisterous behavior, 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.
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 "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 sometimes breaks the law, causing him to go to jail in some episodes. Besides Mr. Krabs and Plankton, he has committed numerous crimes and has reasons why he gets sent to jail. Most such occasions usually happen accidentally or unwittingly in the case of malice, although he sometimes likes to be in prison so he can get away from his neighbors and job.
Art fraud: In "Artist Unknown," Squidward takes credit for creating the David statue when SpongeBob is the actual creator. His motive was to impress the art appraiser.
Assault: In "Jellyfishing," 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 "Pizza Delivery," Squidward brutally smacks Tom in the face with the pizza box for refusing to eat it without a drink. 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 "Can You Spare a Dime?," Squidward strangles Mr. Krabs' eyelids out of distaste for his accusations. 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 "Squid Defense," Squidward is arrested on charges of assault towards the creepy creeper, who was just an innocent person trying to return his groceries. However, in this case, it was an accident as Squidward was deceived by the man's criminal attire and was thus using self-defense. In "Yeti Krabs," Squidward arrogantly beats up the Yeti Krab, believing him to be Mr. Krabs in disguise.
Attempted assault: In "Mermaid Pants," Squidward is about to attack SpongeBob and Patrick with a rake for ruining his garden, but is halted when the Krusty Krab emergency alarm goes off.
Attempted murder: 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, heavily implying that Squidward wanted him to die from that incident. 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 kill themselves with it. In "Sportz?," he creates a malicious sports game for them to play in an attempt to get them killed. In "Scavenger Pants," Squidward makes up a really difficult scavenger hunt in hopes of getting SpongeBob and Patrick killed. After several failed attempts, he makes the game harder when he cruelly lied about having a long-lost brother. His plan initially succeeded as it took them months to find his "long-lost brother." But when SpongeBob and Patrick arrive back, Squidward gets the punishment he deserves when Mrs. Tentacles reveals to have adopted them as foster brothers, much to his chagrin.
Bankruptcy fraud: In "Chum Fricassee," when Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob sneak into the Chum Bucket to end Plankton's scheme, Squidward obstructs it and gives them a spot in the bathroom, thus putting them in bankruptcy.
Breaking and entering: In "Just One Bite," Squidward's desperation to eat a Krabby Patty enforces his insomnia, so he breaks into the Krusty Krab at 3:00 AM to gain entrance to the patty vault. In "Unreal Estate," he breaks into SpongeBob's house at night to fill his alarm clock with pepper. He does the same thing in "Chatterbox Gary" to steal the translation collar.
Civil disobedience: Squidward and SpongeBob start a strike against Mr. Krabs in "Squid on Strike" by protesting his abuse of authority.
Cruelty to animals: In "I Was a Teenage Gary," Squidward is too focused on enjoying his vacation away from SpongeBob and Patrick to feed Gary. This results in a negative impact on Gary's health and even nearly leads to his death, however Squidward eventually takes action by feeding him a mass amount of snail food before SpongeBob gets home, to no avail. Gary is eventually cured when he drinks from his water bowl.
Disturbing the peace: In "Slide Whistle Stooges," Squidward goes on a psycho spree and runs around town bragging to the citizens about his slide whistle, intent on annoying and intimidating them. In "Sweet and Sour Squid," Squidward's disastrous clarinet playing creates a mass noise disturbance throughout town, prompting the authorities' arrival. However, Plankton is falsely accused of committing the act and is thus sent to jail instead of Squidward.
Encouraging a crime: In "Wet Painters," Squidward convinces SpongeBob and Patrick that destroying the Krusty Krab and hurting themselves will attract customers, leading them to do just that. In "The Lost Mattress," Squidward encourages SpongeBob and Patrick to trespass the fence of the junkyard. In "Gullible Pants," he encourages SpongeBob to trash the Krusty Krab, serve food with his unsanitary feet, and damage its property all while testing his gullibility.
Endangerment: In "The Lost Mattress," Squidward was threatened to rot in jail, because he replaced Mr. Krabs' mattress and thus lead him to fall into a coma-like state. While admittedly SpongeBob and Patrick's fault, Squidward did attempt to take credit for them buying Mr. Krabs a new mattress. He is also responsible for endangering and eventually hospitalizing SpongeBob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs during his revenge on the latter in "Krusty Towers."
False imprisonment: In "Employee of the Month," Squidward and SpongeBob set up many traps for each other all while facing a vicious competition to see who will win the Employee of the Month award. This doubles as sabotage.
Food safety violation: 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.
Identity theft/False identity: 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. 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.
Indecent exposure/Public nudity: In "Bossy Boots," he rips his Kuddly Krab uniform off in anger, revealing his private areas. This results in a police officer placing a ticket on his crotch.
Lying: 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.
Medical terrorism: In "Unreal Estate," Squidward causes SpongeBob to develop allergies due to filling his foghorn alarm clock with pepper the previous night, spreading the aroma all over his house.
Privacy invasion: In "Little Yellow Book," Squidward reads SpongeBob's diary to the public twice in order to embarrass and intimidate him, as well as gain some publicity. He is held captive by the police for doing this the first time, but that doesn't stop him from reading the diary a second time. He gets thrown tomatoes at by the Bikini Bottom townspeople, but Squidward doesn't care because he succeeded in humiliating SpongeBob and gaining attention.
Property damage: In "Krab Borg," Squidward and SpongeBob--believing him to be a robot--destroy many of Mr. Krabs' valuables until he makes a confession. 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. In "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?," Squidward destroys Sandy's Sponge-Tracker to decrease the chances of SpongeBob returning to Bikini Bottom. In "Patrick! The Game," Squidward, out of jealousy, destroys the game board for Patrick's game, which lands him in real jail.
Public health violation: In "Sentimental Sponge," Squidward is almost arrested by the sanitation police for having his house full of garbage, although this was mostly SpongeBob's fault for hoarding so much trash that he ran out of space in his own house.
Resisting arrest: In "Good Ol' Whatshisname," Squidward tries to avoid being arrested by running away from a police officer on his tail.
Running past a stop sign: In "Good Ol' Whatshisname" and "Boating Buddies," Squidward runs past a stop sign.
Sabotage: In "Employee of the Month," Squidward and SpongeBob try to sabotage each others' chances of winning the Employee of the Month award by attempting to make one another late for work. At the end of "Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom," Squidward tries to ruin SpongeBob and Kelpy G's moment on stage by joining in, but is removed by security.
Slavery: In "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost," SpongeBob and Patrick believe that they killed Squidward and that he has turned into a ghost; Squidward takes advantage of this situation by making SpongeBob and Patrick his slaves.
Stalking: In "Grandma's Kisses," Squidward and the townsfolk look through Grandma SquarePants' window to laugh at SpongeBob's affection for his grandmother. In "Good Ol' Whatshisname," Squidward chases after Mr. What Zit Tooya to steal his driver's license and learn his name.
Theft: Squidward steals What Zit Tooya's wallet in "Good Ol' Whatshisname," which he is sentenced to 10 years in prison for doing. In "Slimy Dancing," he attempts to steal the dance trophy after being criticized by the judges, only to be thrown out by the security. He attempted to steal the trophy again by controlling SpongeBob's movements and cheating the competition. In "Little Yellow Book," Squidward steals SpongeBob's diary as it is left out in the kitchen. He also breaks into SpongeBob's house at night to steal the chatterbox translation collar in "Chatterbox Gary."
Threat: In "The Lost Mattress," he threatens to kill SpongeBob if he and Patrick doesn't bring Mr. Krabs' old mattress back, but was immediately stopped by the police officer. In "That Sinking Feeling," Squidward threatens to kill SpongeBob and Patrick if they keep his house sunk to the ground. In "Big Sister Sam," he tantalizes Sam and threatens to dispose her. However, the disputes lead him or his stuff demolished, especially to the fact when Squidward tries to bulldoze her and Patrick, yet Sam was strong enough to demolish SpongeBob's house instead. In "Don't Look Now," Squidward plays a cruel prank on SpongeBob and Patrick by dressing up as The Fisherman and threatening to take their lives while traumatizing the duo. In "Mimic Madness," Squidward, along with Plankton, intended on hurting SpongeBob in an attempt to stop his mimicking, but is prevented by Patrick when he convinces them to leave SpongeBob alone.
Torture: In "Krab Borg," SpongeBob and Squidward are suspicious that Mr. Krabs is a robot, so they tie him to a chair and destroy his valuables until he confesses.
Trespassing: In "The Sewers of Bikini Bottom," Squidward and SpongeBob invade the sewers without governmental or authoritative approval, although they did it to retrieve the safe, so this can be justified.
Truancy: In "Squid's Day Off," Squidward ditches his shift to embrace the freedom of Mr. Krabs not being around to control him. He does the same thing in "Sanctuary!," repeating his words of, "Any idiot can do it."
Worker's right violation: Squidward has a frequent tendency to sleep during his shift out of refusal to do his job, as well as disrespect Mr. Krabs' authority and bully the customers and his co-worker. In "Can You Spare a Dime?," Squidward disrespects his boss' authority by strangling his eyelids and scolding him over his accusations. In "Gullible Pants," Squidward manipulates SpongeBob into damaging the Krusty Krab's property, trashing it, and serving food with his unsanitary feet. Squidward is only a cashier, so he does not have the authority to act like a boss towards SpongeBob. Also, when the customer refuses to eat the pizza in "Pizza Delivery" without his drink, Squidward forces him to do so by smacking him in the face with the box.
Workplace bullying: In "Fools in April," fed up with his constant laughter and pulling of innocent pranks, Squidward retaliates by pulling a harmful and cruel prank on SpongeBob that has him be the center of the customers' attention and physically assaults and humiliates him while under a rope's manipulation. In "Grandma's Kisses," Squidward joins the customers in ruthlessly teasing SpongeBob about his love for his grandmother. In "Little Yellow Book," he reveals sensitive information about SpongeBob at the Krusty Krab to humiliate and harass him.
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. SpongeBob does not cause a lot of Squidward's near death-experiences, but Patrick does. 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."
Creation and development
This was stated in various interviews and audio commentaries with creator Stephen Hillenburg and a few voice actors.
Stephen Hillenburg quotes the following:
"Squidward is an octopus, despite the fact that he's called a squid," "It was easier for animation to draw him with six legs instead of eight."
"Squidward's name is a portmanteau of the word 'squid' and the name 'Edward.'"
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 a 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.