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Cities and towns
Bikini Bottom is the main setting in SpongeBob SquarePants. Bikini Bottom is a medium sized city which, according to Squidward, is in the middle of nowhere. It consists of many businesses, including restaurants, stores, and manufacturers. This city also has a booming economy, balanced educational and health systems, a well-structured government, and an exceptional law enforcement system. There are even stadiums, amusement parks, and other recreational facilities.
Rock Bottom is a deep sea trench located beneath Bikini Bottom. The road down to it is exactly 90˚. Everything is pitch black except for a few street lights, and everyone in Rock Bottom speaks a language the same as English, except they blow a raspberry in between every two to four syllables. There is also a Kandy Machine as well as restrooms (though foreigners can't tell which rooms are for men and which are for women). A bus station is present, in which SpongeBob has a hard time catching one (as it kept arriving just as he looked away from the stop). Merlin's Cave is the residence of the weather magician of the sea which is difficult to access. There is also the WSEA news headquarters, the Rusty Anchor, which sells Coral Col and Diet Kelpsi with a lemon twist. Known customers are Patrick, Plankton, and Mermaid Man. In Battle for Bikini Bottom, the Rock Bottom Museum is shown. It features many art work and has an advanced security system; Barnacle Boy works as a security guard there. The Trench of Advanced Darkness is a trench that is lower than the city itself. Rock Bottom is located past Jellyfish Fields, which is past the Chum Bucket and Krusty Krab. Creatures in Rock Bottom are extremely strange-looking, and resemble deep sea creatures and deep sea marine life. Some resemble the angler fish, while others are rather abnormal. Many of them resemble the typical "sea monster" someone would describe.
Bottom's Up is a very fancy city seen in the Employee of the Month video game. It is a sister city to Bikini Bottom. The only thing that is not fancy is Cowfish Craig's shack which he is criticized for. Other establishments include the Sublime Seafoods, Oxygen Springs, and the Waverly Hills neighborhood. Waverly Hills is a wealthy district on the cliffs of the Kelp Forest. The sky and water murk seems to be different here; it is always as if it is sunset. Once, Sandy has been to this city.
Shell City, despite the name, is a gift shop called Shell City: Marine Gifts and Sundries. It is located on the surface owned by a Cyclops (in reality, a man in a diving suit), selling dried-out dead sea creatures. The road to Shell City is dangerous and no one has ever returned from there, which makes it the perfect place for Plankton to sell Neptune's crown in the movie. It is located on a beach where SpongeBob and Patrick meet David Hasselhoff. In a deleted scene of the movie, (which can only be seen in the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie DVD), Shell City is actually a city and is where Sandy constantly gets pursued all over the place by squirrel exterminators in black suits. She also mentions that there are buses that arrive here going to Bikini Bottom. Although Shell City was filmed in Florida, the location in SpongeBob's world would land Shell City in Australia most likely due to a sign in a SpongeBob book based on the movie that says that Shell City is 3,000 miles away from the Thug Tug. The Thug Tug is not that far from Bikini Bottom. Bikini Atoll is approximately 5,000 miles from the United States, which couldn't mark Shell City in California.
Dullsville is a city which appears in the episode "Plankton Retires." The city has a shopping center in it, called the "Dullsville Shopping Center." In this shopping center plaza, there are stores such as Dull-Mart and Shoes. Dullsville also has a retirement home, known as Dullsville Senior Living. Plankton visits this town after retiring.
- Glove World! - A glove-themed theme park. Rides include the Fiery Fist O' Pain, The Mitten, the Ferris Wheel, the Merry-Go-Round, the Swings, the Big Dipper, the Glove Drop, the Tilt-A-Hurl, the Hall of Mirrors, Glove Castle, and The Tunnel Of Glove. The mascot is Glovey Glove seen in "Rock Bottom," "Roller Cowards," "The Abrasive Side," "Tunnel of Glove," and "Glove World R.I.P.." Glove World has been demolished and replaced with Glove Universe.
- The Wash - The local laundromat. Seen in "Shuffleboarding," "Penny Foolish," and "Mid-Life Crustacean."
- Bikini Bottom Airport - The Bikini Bottom airport. It only appears in "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler."
- Nowhere- It only appears in "SB-129." It is pure white and has colored squares that disappear if touched.
- Apple World - Mentioned by a worm in "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve." It is inside any apple where there is a worm. The worm says that they bury anyone from Bikini Bottom. He later gets eaten by Junior.
- Bikini Atoll - Bikini Atoll is the signature island above Bikini Bottom. The opening sequence of every episode of the show has the island shown right after Painty the Pirate (a painting) starts off the theme song. Sandy also dares SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward to go on dry land here and survive in the episode Pressure (although birds did attack the group). Some episodes also start off and end with Bikini Atoll shown. To humans (like David Hasselhoff), the island also signals the way down to its aquatic counterpart. The place name is an ironic double entendre, as the bikini two piece swimsuit took its name from the atoll, specifically to the connection between the nuclear bomb test at Bikini around the time that the new swimsuit hit the public "like a bomb."
- New Kelp City - A city where the gang The Bubble Poppin' Boys are from. It is also the city where SpongeBob goes to after losing his memory in the episode "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" It is a parody of New York City.
- Nowhere - A desert-like area with no inhabitants. It was seen in the episode "SpongeBob's Last Stand." It is different than the Nowhere seen in "SB-129." Nowhere also appears in "Doodle Dimension" where, by the title, is dubbed the Doodle Dimension. In this episode we learn that drawing in Nowhere creates things you can interact with.
- Far Far Away - A bus takes SpongeBob here in "Squidward in Clarinetland." Also, Squidward gets hit by a bus that will take him there in "Wishing You Well." Little is known about Far Far Away. It is not known if it is a location or an amount of distance away.
- Ukulele Bottom - Nothing much is known of this town, apart from being the home of the annual jellyfish convention, located at the Jellyfishers' Convention Center. It appears in "I Was a Teenage Gary." It was also mentioned by Patrick.
- Bass Vegas - A neighboring city from Bikini Bottom. It is seen in the episode "Have You Seen This Snail?" It is featured in the book Fish Happens! It is the underwater equivalent of Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Atlantis - Home of King Neptune's castle and the Poseidome. In "Atlantis SquarePantis," SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, and Mr. Krabs journey to Atlantis. It is based off the real-life Atlantis.
- Leisure Village - Not much is known about this place, except that Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy went there on vacation while SpongeBob and Patrick watched the Mermalair in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III."
- Palm Bay - Palm Bay is home to the legendary master fry cook who wields a golden spatula. Grease fires engulf this civilization. Palm Bay spoofs Pompeii, another ancient city. It is also mentioned in Legend of the Lost Spatula. Mount Kabloovious erupted and covers Palm Bay. It is the equivalent of Mount Vesuvius.
- Barnacle Bay - A city that was mentioned in the episode "Fools in April." The only know establishment is the Art Museum, which also awards artists monthly. Also, as revealed in the SpongeBob book "The Amazing SpongeBobini," a circus called the Stingray Brothers and Barnacle Bay Shrimp's Circus comes from this city and they perform in Bikini Bottom.
- Quittersville - As mentioned in "Chimps Ahoy." One of the three places in which those who have no where else to go can go.
- Failuretown - One of the three places in which those who have no where else can go. It is seen in "Chimps Ahoy."
- Loserburg - One of the three places in which those who have no where else can go. It is seen in "Chimps Ahoy."
- Stupidtown - It is mentioned when Patrick is sweeping the Krusty Krab floor with the bottom of the broom, and Nat says "Hey pal, you just blow in from Stupidtown?" as seen in "Big Pink Loser."
- China Sea - A place where one of SpongeBob's Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy toys were manufactured in. This location is likely a play on how all manufacturing for the United States takes place in China.
- Sunny Shore Resorts - A vacation resort as seen in "That's No Lady."
- Base Eight - A town where all the fish have fingers. It appears in the SpongeBob comic strip "Fingers!"
- Texas the U.S. State in which Sandy Cheeks calls her homeland.
- Encino, California - Patchy the Pirate and Potty the Parrot's hometown.
- Mu - An ancient city, seen in the DS version of the Atlantis SquarePantis
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- Farawayville - Mentioned in the episode "The Slumber Party." Girly TeenGirl lives there.
- Squirrel City - Mentioned by Sandy Cheeks in the video game SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis for the console versions.
- El Tuna - Mentioned briefly in "SpongeBob's Last Stand."
- Kahmamoku Cove - The home of Jack Kahuna Laguna on a remote island that is shown in "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One."
- Bikini Bottom Outskirts Outlet Megamall - a huge outlet mall that has only had one appearance in "A SquarePants Family Vacation." The SquarePants family cause chaos while driving in their car in the mall afterPatrick distracted Harold SquarePants while driving.
- BassCar Baytona 400 - a huge race track that is neighboring the Bikini Bottom Outskirts Outlet Mega-mall. The SquarePants family won first place in a race there after Patrick distracted Harold SquarePants while driving. It has only had one appearance in "A SquarePants Family Vacation." It is a parody of NASCAR and the Daytona 500, a famous race of NASCAR.
- Servis Stashun- a very poorly put together, hillbilly service station that has only appeared in "A SquarePants Family Vacation."
- The Moon - the moon has had its very brief debut in the episode "Sandy's Rocket." It was then later seen many seasons later in "Mooncation" and a cameo in "A SquarePants Family Vacation."
- Vats of Acid "R" Us - a parody of "Toys R Us," this odd building was build right beside the apartment building of the original home town of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. It was featured in "Mermaid Man Begins."
- Winchell Apartments- an apartment building from the 1950s that was the original home of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. It only appeared in "Mermaid Man Begins."
- Secret Bomb Testing Facility - a Government bomb testing sight that Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy land at after being brought by an acid wave that was carrying them. It was featured in "Mermaid Man Begins."
- Stinky Burgers - A place that was the only place to eat when Krabs and Plankton were younger boys.
- The Outs Bounds Area - A part of the Battle for Bikini Bottom game, its a place that you get to by going on sand and doing some sort of sliding move, you eventually get palled away by Hans.
- Make-Out Reef - This was mentioned in Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V, and seen in the episode. There are a few people making out there, including one unusual person, making out with a pillow. It has also been said that Squidward has been there before, because of his quote "Ah, make out reef. Good times, good times."
- Great Barrier Reef - The largest coral reef system were appeared in "A SquarePants Family Vacation."
- Bottom of the Hill Community - A small community of elderly men and women near Bikini Bottom., seen in the comic strip Slip-Sledding Away.
- Charted Caverns of Lemuria - A ancient site where a civilization once lived.
- Rippers Reef - An island located just off where SpongeBob, Patrick and Larry the Lobster launched themselves with a harpoon in "A Life in a Day."
- The Bikini Bottom Triangle - seen in "Welcome To The Bikini Bottom Triangle." The island has a large vacuum and is covered edge to edge with confiscated things.
- Karate Island (really Condo Island) - An island where the so-called "King of Karate" is supposedly crowned, but was later found out to actually be a scam from real estate agents who were trying to force people into buying time-share plans on the island. The "Karate Tower" is located on the island. It appears in "Karate Island."
- Sun Fun Island - An island where a summer camp has been established. It appears in "The Inmates of Summer."
- Inferno Island - A prison island where some of Bikini Bottom's criminals are incarcerated. It appears in "The Inmates of Summer."
- The Remote Island - the island where SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward end up after being hit by a giant wave in "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One." The island is also home to teenage surfers and Jack Kahuna Lagunait from a distance. The island also has a long dangerous river full of waterfalls which leads to the Cove. The island is also full of vegetation and forest, perfect for surviving.
- Sandy's Island - An island that Sandy got stranded on after being hit by the same giant wave in the episode "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One." For survival, Sandy built a five-star hotel, a steam-powered generator, a car that runs on coconut milk, an espresso bar, an airport tower with satellite and a helicopter that probably also runs on coconut milk, too. The island is also home to Dennis. The island has three volcanoes on it and much vegetation.
- Island in the Sky - The floating island that was featured in the SpongeBob special, "The Clash of Triton." This was the place where Triton was locked in a cage by his father, King Neptune until he became a proper god. Much of the island has not been seen, and the rest of the island will probably be left unseen. The island has a forest, a mountain, a bus stop and a phone booth.
- Pamper Island - This island has only one extremely brief appearance in the episode "Clams."
Land forms, barriers, etc.
- Monster Trench - The Monster Trench is a large trench in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, described as deep, dark, hazardous, and monster infested. A parody of the Mariana Trench. The trench includes gulper eels, monsters, and other deep-sea creatures whom suffer from Deep-sea gigantism.
- Valley - Between the Monster Trench and Shell City, this is where The Cyclops spotted SpongeBob and Patrick.
- Shell City Beach Area - Area located outside of Shell City, by the Pacific Ocean.
- City Limits - This is near the slope to Rock Bottom outside Bikini Bottom. Buses usually travel down there where SpongeBob and Patrick got stuck in the episode "Rock Bottom."
- County Line - This is next to the gas station outside Bikini Bottom operated by two Hillbillies. Past the line is very dangerous, and overrun with criminals.
- Abyss - Another trench SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally went down in a submarine they found and met a hungry sea-monster that they fed Krabby Patties in "20,000 Patties Under the Sea."
- Volcano - This volcano is located in Bikini Bottom and somewhat near the Krusty Krab. This volcano erupts in "Sponge-Cano!," which destroys Bikini Bottom and sends its people in a panic. This volcano was also known to kill Dolphin Warrior's race, leaving him the only survivor.
- Bikini Goodlands - A lush field with a lot of vegetation and wildlife. It only makes a cameo in "Scavenger Pants."
- Bikini Badlands - A very dry and rocky desert with many rock formations. It also appears in "Scavenger Pants" as one of the locations SpongeBob and Patrick go to during Squidward's scavenger hunt.
- Alternate Realities - There are also two alternate dimensions shown in the series: The Fly of Despair, a reality which is apparently endless, which the Flying Dutchman can open, and close freely and an area inside the time machine, the Nowhere, seen in SB-129, which is also infinite, and nothing but stark white. It may be a reference to Purgatory. The Eighth and Ninth Dimensions are mentioned by Patrick Star in "Big Pink Loser", which are apparently tyrannically ruled by the Mini-Monkey Man and Giant Monkey Man, respectively.
- Mirrors - A universe that is confined within mirrors. Alternate-Universe SpongeBob and Alternate-Universe Patrick live in this realm.
- Horned Forest - A world in Squidward's imagination where clarinets cannot be owned and are able to run free. Squidward entered it in Squidward in Clarinetland when SpongeBob made a filing room out of Mr. Krabs's old locker. There was a small crawlspace where a filing drawer should have been, and on the other side is a stage, and the curtain opens up to Clarinetland. Clarinetland is ruled by the Clarinetlanet Bird, which resembles looks like an eagle, and speaks in a very deep and powerful tone. During his time in Clarinet Land, Squidward is swallowed by the Clarinet Bird, and then goes through a very complex realm, which consists of many hills, rocks, mountains, and long-drops. For some reason, the entire land inside of Clarinet Bird is yellow. When Squidward comes to what he thinks is the end of the realm inside The Clarinet Bird, he sees SpongeBob playing his clarinet, and dives on top of him, hoping to get his clarinet back, when the end of the realm is revealed to be the peak of an extremely long-drop, which both Squidward and SpongeBob fall down. When Squidward hits the bottom, he discovers that SpongeBob has disappeared and that he is suddenly in a small room,with mirrors on either side of him.
- Unknown Space: After Squidward got passed Giant Patrick, and the A.U Squidward, he then chases SpongeBob in space, unknown where they can be in space.
- Alternative Mr. Plankton Universe - An alternative universe where Plankton replaces Mr. Krabs as the boss of the Krusty Krab, Pearl being Plankton's daughter, and having a Krusty Krab uniform and Mr. Krabs replacing Plankton as the owner of the Chum Bucket and him having no clothes.
- Man Rayopolis - An alternate universe that was branched off back in Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's youth. Triggered by Patrick, the universe consists of Bikini Bottom being named Man Rayopolis and The Krusty Krab being named The Designated Area Where You Are Permitted by Man Ray, Your Ruler, to Obtain Sandwiches Using Man Ray Dollars. Everything is run by Man Ray including people, having collars around their necks. Yet it’s never explained in the end of the feature episode Back to the Past, how things went back to normal.
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