10 Times Squidward was Actually Right In SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon’s most beloved and enduring cartoon, has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide with its diverse and memorable cast of characters. Among them is Squidward Tentacles, the polar opposite of the bubbly and easygoing SpongeBob. Squidward is grouchy, cynical, and self-absorbed, and he often finds himself entangled in SpongeBob’s chaotic adventures.

While Squidward’s actions are usually selfish or indifferent, there are instances where his annoyance is entirely justified, and he becomes the voice of reason in the show. Let’s explore some of these moments where Squidward takes a stand, criticizes Mr. Krabs’ greediness, and showcases his unexpected moments of compassion.

1. Berating Mr. Krabs for Selling SpongeBob’s Soul

In the episode “Born Again Krabs,” Mr. Krabs finds himself in a coma and is given a chance to save his soul by being selfless. However, when he wakes up, he is more concerned about reclaiming the money he lost during his coma. The Flying Dutchman offers him a trade – all the money in Mr. Krabs’ wallet in exchange for SpongeBob’s soul. Shockingly, Mr. Krabs agrees, trading away SpongeBob’s soul for a mere 62 cents.

Squidward, who is no stranger to criticizing Mr. Krabs, recognizes the severity of this selfish act. He becomes the voice of reason and convinces Mr. Krabs to beg for SpongeBob’s soul back, making him realize the gravity of his actions.

2. Trying to Ditch the Fishing Trip

In the episode “Clams,” Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, and Squidward go on a fishing trip. When Mr. Krabs loses his millionth dollar to a giant clam, he becomes obsessed with finding it. Days pass without success, and Squidward devises a plan with SpongeBob to replace the millionth dollar with a normal one. When this plan fails, and they face the threat of starvation, Squidward decides to abandon the mission, realizing Mr. Krabs’ obsession has gone too far.

Squidward often finds himself pointing out the absurdity of Mr. Krabs’ risky decisions, especially when the well-being of the Krusty crew is at stake. In this instance, his intervention prevents SpongeBob from endless labor and serves as a wake-up call for Mr. Krabs’ single-minded pursuit.

3. Wanting to Move Away After His House Was Destroyed

In the episode “Squidville,” SpongeBob accidentally destroys Squidward’s house while playing with a reef blower. Fed up with living next to SpongeBob, Squidward decides to move to a squid-only neighborhood. While his long-winded speech about his frustration may be excessive, it effectively communicates how far SpongeBob has pushed him.

4. Going on Strike

In “Squid on Strike,” Squidward is fed up with Mr. Krabs’ greediness and encourages SpongeBob to go on strike with him. He teaches SpongeBob how to picket, give speeches, and demand equality. When they get fired, Squidward supports SpongeBob, assuring him that standing up against Krabs is the right thing to do.

Mr. Krabs often exploits his workers for personal gain, and Squidward’s rebellion serves as a much-needed wake-up call. He demonstrates that he is willing to go to great lengths to achieve fair treatment, eventually convincing Krabs to negotiate fair pay.

5. Being a Part of the Texas Party

In the episode “Texas,” SpongeBob tries to cheer up Sandy, who is missing her home. Squidward joins in on the effort, hosting a Texas-themed party with the rest of the SpongeBob crew. While he may be under orders from Mr. Krabs, it’s evident that Squidward cares for Sandy’s well-being and is willing to participate, even if he grumbles along the way.

6. Fighting Barnacle Man, the Dirty Bubble, and Man Ray

In “Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V,” Squidward and the SpongeBob crew become superheroes to fight against evil. Though reluctant at first, Squidward dons Captain Magma’s superpowers and helps defeat the villains. Despite his initial grumpiness, he proves to be a valuable asset to the team.

Squidward’s role as an unwilling hero, both in this episode and in “SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water,” demonstrates that he can put aside his grievances for the greater good, even if fighting villains can be inconvenient.

7. Protesting Against the Krusty Krab Never Closing

In “Fear of a Krabby Patty,” Mr. Krabs decides to keep the Krusty Krab open 24/7 to increase sales. He enlists SpongeBob and Squidward to work nonstop for weeks. Squidward, exhausted and fed up, complains about the unrealistic expectations. When Mr. Krabs points out that SpongeBob isn’t complaining, Squidward emphasizes that SpongeBob is anything but normal.

While Squidward’s complaints often fall on deaf ears, his objections do hold merit. The working conditions become unbearable, and Mr. Krabs eventually faces the consequences of his relentless pursuit of profits.

8. Becoming a Tenant in the Krusty Towers to Prove a Point

In “Krusty Towers,” Mr. Krabs converts the Krusty Krab into a five-star hotel, adopting the motto, “We shall never deny a guest even the most ridiculous request.” When Patrick becomes a tenant and makes absurd demands, Squidward becomes furious and decides to prove a point by becoming a tenant himself and making increasingly bizarre requests.

Squidward’s actions effectively force Mr. Krabs to experience the consequences of his motto. By stepping into Squidward’s shoes, Mr. Krabs gains a new perspective on the challenges and absurdity of the hotel business.

9. Standing up to the Pizza Guy

In “Pizza Delivery,” after a long and challenging journey to deliver a Krusty Krab pizza, an angry customer berates SpongeBob and refuses to pay. Seeing SpongeBob in distress, Squidward steps in and addresses the customer, defending his coworker. Squidward’s abrasive side shows that he can stand up for others, even if he’s not always the kindest person.

10. Rescuing SpongeBob from the Other Employer

In “SpongeBob, You’re Fired,” Mr. Krabs fires SpongeBob to save money, leading SpongeBob to try working at various other restaurants. Unfortunately, each new boss realizes SpongeBob’s value and attempts to kidnap him back. Squidward, on a mission to steal SpongeBob back, rescues him from these ruthless employers.

Squidward’s willingness to confront and fight multiple antagonistic mascots demonstrates his care and concern for SpongeBob’s well-being.


Squidward Tentacles, often portrayed as the grumpy neighbor and foil to SpongeBob’s sunny disposition, has moments of justified annoyance and acts as the voice of reason in the show. His criticism of Mr. Krabs’ greediness, his willingness to take a stand, and his unexpected moments of compassion showcase

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