SpongeBob SquarePants is one of those wholly versatile cartoons that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. You may not realize that there are several enjoyable secrets buried within the SpongeBob canon that adults will probably get a bigger kick out of than their kids.
1) The main characters each represent one of the seven deadly sins
That’s right - the SpongeBob cast could star in the movie Se7en (though, that would almost certainly not be a child-friendly film). So, in order of their popularity: SpongeBob is Lust, Patrick is Sloth, Sandy is Pride, Squidward is Wrath, Gary is Gluttony, Mr. Krabs is Greed, and Plankton is Envy. You’re probably questioning now what your favorite SpongeBob character says about you - either that, or you’re wondering how SpongeBob could ever possibly be lust. This thread helps clear it up, explaining that SpongeBob tends to show his love and affection for others in an excessive fashion, which is essentially the basis for lust.
2) The origin of SpongeBob’s pineapple house is based on scent
SpongeBob creator Steve Hillenburg placed SpongeBob in a pineapple house of all things because he thought that SpongeBob would enjoy the smell of its interior. (Though, wouldn’t the pineapple being submerged continuously in water ultimately remove the smell? This isn’t the first time that physics should be forsaken in the name of enjoying SpongeBob to the maximum.)
3) Spongeboy SquarePants?
SpongeBob’s original name was supposed to be “Spongeboy,” but there was already a mop trademarked with that name. SpongeBob was also originally supposed to look like an actual sea sponge, but he ended up looking more like a yellow blob. So, Hillenburg changed his shape to a square more in the style of a kitchen sponge, and he edited his name to be “SpongeBob,” keeping the word “sponge” because he didn’t want people to get confused and think that SpongeBob was actually a block of cheese.
4) Bikini Bottom is a real place...sort of
Bikini Bottom isn’t “under the sea,” per se - it’s actually located in the very real and beautiful place of Bikini Atoll, which can be found in the Marshall Islands, which is an island country in the Pacific Ocean. Though, Bikini Atoll was actually apparently a nuclear weapons testing site for the U.S., which can explain why some of the creatures living in Bikini Bottom are as weird as they are, or at least why they can all talk.
5) Krabby Patties are veggie burgers?
Hillenburg has suggested in the past that the infamous Krabby Patties are actually vegetarian. Otherwise, Hillenburg says, his cast of characters would then, in fact, be cannibals.
6) SpongeBob SquarePants is bad for your mental health
It’s not all in your head. It turns out that watching cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants can actually slow down the thinking of pre-schoolers. (I’m willing to bet that similarly styled Ren & Stimpy would also make this list.) A study was conducted wherein three groups of children were instructed to watch an episode of SpongeBob, watch an educational television show, or draw. They were then all subsequently given a test once their time was up. The children who were in the “Watch SpongeBob” group performed the worst on the test.