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SpongeBob SquarePants: The TV Series’ 10 Best Characters, Ranked

Sponge Bob SquarePants is without a doubt one of the best anime TV shows of all time. For over twenty years, the Nickelodeon mainstay has provided audiences with episodes of laughter, joy, and ridiculous storytelling. SpongeBob and his band of sea creature friends are adored by millions around the world, and even legendary Hollywood actors can’t help but join in the underwater fun.

After thirteen seasons (and three feature films), it became clear that Spongebob the iconic cast of characters is the main factor behind its success. From Larry the Lobster to SpongeBob himself, there are dozens of underwater creatures to consider. But, which of these timeless characters are at the forefront of the show’s history, and how do the best of the best stack up against each other?

Unfortunately, not every character can fit into this list. With so many options to choose from, the best episodes and moments of the series become essential to remember when creating such an exclusive ranking. Dozens of characters were named and rated before making the final cuts. It wasn’t easy, and not everyone will agree, but here it is – The 10 Best Characters in Sponge Bob SquarePants:



ten patrick star

Sponge Bob SquarePants

At number 10, barely making the cut, is Patrick Star. Patrick is SpongeBob’s best friend and an ever-present source of companionship and misinformation. At various points in the show, Patrick pretends to be a doctor, forgets what his own parents look like, and thinks being ugly is a disease (not to mention wondering if mayonnaise is an instrument).

If those thoughts and actions weren’t enough to get noticed on this list, there would be no hope in this world. The pink starfish is not ranked higher just because it had, perhaps, too time on the small screen, causing him to slim down after some of his most humorously memorable moments. Make no mistake, though, Patrick is not to be underestimated, and his ranking is not disrespectful. This list is simply Stacked.

9 The Flying Dutchman

Flying Dutchman

The master of Davy Jones’ locker (and poop loop), the Flying Dutchman is a recurring evil ghost that haunts Bikini Bottom. Although initially portrayed as a bit of a heartless ghoul when performing his dastardly deeds, the Dutchman helped SpongeBob many times when the Sponge was in need (who could forget how he helped SpongeBob? the sponge tying his shoes or when he gave Bob’s soul back to the Krusty Krabe?).

The Dutchman’s presence is always a good sign that an episode will be a classic, as audiences never know where his appearance will take them. He answers to no one, enjoys stealing souls, and lives to torture underwater creatures. Which guy. The pleasantly spooky theme that accompanies it – the icing on the cake.

8 Sponge Bob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants from the series of the same name

The main sponge, itself. Sponge Bob SquarePants would be nothing without, well, SpongeBob SquarePants. SpongeBob SquarePants is perhaps the most iconic Nickelodeon character of all time and the perfect choice to lead the show. The other characters on this list would be absolutely nothing without the yellow sponge carrying the massive weight of each episode. SpongeBob’s eternal glee and boyish ignorance are as infectious as they are frustrating at times, but the love audiences feel for the fry cook knows no bounds. If only life could always be as simple, imaginative and awe-inspiring as it seems to be every day.

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7 mermaid man


The second minor character to appear on the roster, and the best Aquaman parody since Great Friends, Mermaid Man is a retired humanoid superhero who is as senile as he is old. Much like the Flying Dutchman, Mermaid Man also carries his own musical theme into scenes, heightening his absurd presence.

Whether it’s constantly shouting heroic phrases and exclamations for no reason, or being horribly defeated in battle, Mermaid Man is always a prime source of entertainment when featured in an episode (alongside his trusty “young ” ward, Barnacle Boy)! His ability to instantly pivot between campy action hero and complete buffoon is practically his MO, and viewers love him for it.

6 Mrs. Puff

Mrs Puff

Dear, Neptune. Penelope Puff is the underwater embodiment of any teacher’s darkest thoughts and dreams. She constantly mutters to herself about how much she hates certain aspects of her job and her relationships with some students, uses over-the-top dry humor with others, and fantasizes about the day some sponge-like students will finally graduate from her school. sailing school.

Mrs. Puff is also portrayed as one of the few characters with a bit of common sense, and her patience with SpongeBob (and sometimes, Patrick) shouldn’t be overlooked. Other background details of the pufferfish, such as her late husband becoming a light bulb cover for humans, and Mrs Puff possessing a painting of herself walking through her front door (pictured above) , solidify his A-level status in the show.

5 doodlebob


“Meyohimeyoi! Such an iconic phrase! SpongeBob brought DoodleBob to life after the yellow Sponge drew DoodleBob with a sea artist’s lost, sunken pencil. Shortly after coming to life, Doodle, as SpongeBob calls him , unhappy with SpongeBob’s decision to erase it, ends up stealing and brandishing the artist’s pencil while shouting nonsense and drawing all over Bikini Bottom and its people. He is finally cut down by the wooden sword that gave him life, after wiping out SpongeBob’s buttocks, just that. Who would have thought that the sketch-Bob would become such a memorable character with less than fifteen minutes of screen time?

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4 ray man


Originally introduced in what might be the greatest Mermaid Man episode of all time, Man Ray is supposed to be one of the most dastardly villains to roam Bikini Bottom. In reality, he’s downright silly, being humorously and unknowingly countered by SpongeBob and Patrick in said first appearance. Man Ray has the appearance of a classic (Aquaman) DC Villain, Black Manta, but with an alternate paint job. He is much taller than SpongeBob and the rest of the cast, and is only second to Dirty Bubble as a nemesis to Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.

As each of his return appearances to date has been amazing and as eventful as the first, Man Ray is more than deserving of a spot on this list – as should anyone defeated by a ticklish belt.

3 Mr. Krabs

Mr. Krabs

Dismiss Ebeneezer Scrooge, Eugene Krabs is here to give you a hard time (get it?). Mr. Krabs is the boss everyone would hate to have, but I love hearing about a friend. He once sold SpongeBob’s soul for sixty-two cents, without a second’s hesitation. That’s the kind of loyalty that we literally have could buy. The cheap crustacean has appeared in more priceless SpongeBob moments than almost any other character, and more than twenty years later, his lack of money awareness still surprises. At least he has his daughter, Pearl, and his nemesis, Plankton, to control him (yes, pun intended).

2 Plankton


“F is for fire that burns the whole city, U is for uranium bombs. N is for no survivors”. Only Sheldon Plankton could have turned such an innocent and friendly song into lyrics of doom and destruction, and that’s why he ranks so high on this list. He epitomizes “size doesn’t matter” and is basically the Lex Luthor of Bikini Bottom – always scheming, jealous, and using others for his own personal gain.

Building a robotic version of Mr. Krabs (and SpongeBob), hacking SpongeBob’s brain, and having a computer wife are just a few of the things that make Plankton so great. He never gives up and so many times he has come so close to achieving his ultimate goal – stealing the Krabby Patty formula. It’s probably for the best that he never wins, though. He just wouldn’t be the same outside of the underdog role.

1 Squid tentacles


“Hello. You have reached the House of Unrecognized Talent.” Speaking of the underdog, is there a character from a TV series, animated or not, who has a more relatable struggle than Squidward Tentacles? Stuck in a nine-to-five job that’s far less than he hoped for and trapped in a house between the most annoying neighbors imaginable, Squidward represents everyone who fights to achieve their dreams and happily ever after. Things in his life always seem to go wrong, and the guy can’t even find the time of day to play the clarinet in peace.

It’s not so bad for the squid, however, as he finds small joys in his repetitive daily grind, culminating in directing “Sweet Victory” in the immensely iconic episode, band geeks. It’s also well known that he’s not as opposed to SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick’s antics as he lets on. Despite being voted “most likely to suck eggs” in high school, Squidward Tentacles is – without a doubt – the most likely to entertain audiences around the world.

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