Squidward Tentacles (born October 9) is one of SpongeBob SquarePants’s 10 main characters. He resides in an Easter Island head and is SpongeBob and Patrick’s grouchy neighbour and coworker. His favourite pastimes include painting self-portraits and playing the clarinet, as he is a generally disagreeable artist and musician.
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Numerous interviews and episodes have revealed that Squidward is an octopus, not a squid, despite his name containing the word “squid.” He possesses the characteristics of an octopus, including a round, bulbous head and rectangular pupils, whereas Squidward has a long, triangular head with circular eyes. Ten tentacles is significantly more than Squidward’s two. The animators of the series decided that adding him to eight limbs would make him too cumbersome and difficult to portray, which is why he is typically depicted with six limbs. There are brief instances in “Pressure” and “Sold!” where he possesses an entire set of eight legs. His specific species is identified in “Feral Friends” as a huge Pacific octopus.
He is an extremely cynical, self-centred, and stubborn man. Occasionally, he detests his position as cashier at the Krusty Krab. Squidward is frequently irritated by SpongeBob’s noisy and happy personality, yet he occasionally defends him and considers him a friend. On occasion, he can also exhibit a helpful nature toward his boss.
Jeff and Mrs. Tentacles gave birth to Squidward J. Q. Tentacles. According to the Egmont Group’s 2014 SpongeBob SquarePants Annual book, Squidward’s birthday is on October 9.
Squidward mentions in “Krab Borg” that his father raised him well and loved him deeply.
Squidward enrolled in the Bikini Bottom School later on.
Throughout his childhood, he had to sit by the garbage cans at lunch because he didn’t have many friends.
As a teen, he and his band classmate Squilliam Fancyson were competitors.
He attended Camp Coral as a child, where he met SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, and Sandy Cheeks, a Texas squirrel wearing an underwater outfit. A year later, he became the troop leader of Camp, gaining authority over his buddies, and it was during this time that he met Eugene H. Krabs, a money-obsessed, ex-Navy-member young crab who would later become his boss.
One day, he joined Jim in joining the Krusty Krab.
On the day Jim resigned, Squidward spoke with him and, to his dismay, immediately lost his long blonde hair. Later in his life, at an undetermined time, he would become SpongeBob and Patrick’s neighbour. Being neighbours with SpongeBob and Patrick became a cause of stress for Squidward, who was frequently irritated or accidentally harmed by them. In “Frankendoodle,” for instance, SpongeBob naively makes DoodleBob to mock Squidward. This backfires as the drawing instead beats up Squidward. The real estate agent refused to sell Squidward’s house because SpongeBob and Patrick stole his identity and deceived her.
At one time, he left Bikini Bottom and migrated to Tentacle Acres, a town populated by other octopuses who shared his preferences and attitude on life. Here, he was compelled to confront how monotonous and oppressive his chosen lifestyle is, and he was ultimately able to break free of its shackles with a few creative acts of foolishness.
In “Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V,” as Squidward recalls the nice times he spent in Make-Out Reef, it is implied that he once had a significant other.
Before Squilvia entered his life, he had not dated for a long time, as mentioned in “Love That Squid.”
At one point, he, SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Plankton, and Sandy travelled to land in order to retrieve the Krabby Patty formula from Burger Beard.
In “Lame and Fortune,” he won the contest for the most miserable cashier in Bikini Bottom. Unfortunately, Mr. Krabs steals the cash immediately.
Squidward travels 2,000 years into the future on March 6, 2017, after being defrosted in the Krusty Krab freezer for 2,000 years.
Squidward is a turquoise-colored octopus whose tentacles culminate in purple suction cups. Squidward has a total of six limbs, including two arms and four legs that like to form a plus sign when he is standing still. When he walks, his suction cups adhere to the ground, resulting in a characteristic squelching sound. Squidward has eight spots on the top of his huge head. In addition, he has a nasal voice, a slender physique, a large drooping nose, a broad mouth, and yellow eyes with rectangular maroon irises. His nose appears to repeatedly shrink and inflate when he laughs (in earlier episodes, this was accompanied with a sound effect.) He is dressed in a brown polo T-shirt.
Typically, Squidward is bald, but his natural hair colour is blonde. In the episode “The Original Fry Cook,” it is revealed that when Squidward was young, he had long blonde hair, but he lost it all after Jim departed the Krusty Krab. His blonde hair is also shown at the conclusion of “Squidward’s Sick Daze.”
Throughout the series, his hue has altered slightly. In earlier episodes, he is identified as PMS 332 (most notably in “Help Wanted”); however, he becomes PMS 333 in later episodes.
In the episode “Sandy’s Rocket,” Squidward can be seen wearing an outdated version of his pyjamas. It is pink with blossoms of magenta colour. In more recent episodes like “Sentimental Sponge,” Squidward is seen wearing his actual nightgown. It is referred to as a “nightshirt” in this episode. The set consists of a light purple nightgown and a matching nightcap. This is the third iteration of his pyjamas. “Employee of the Month” and “Funny Pants” feature the second version.
Toenails of Squidward appear in “House Fancy,” “Giant Squidward,” and “Mermaid Pants.”
In “Bulletin Board,” it is revealed that Squidward has a tattoo of a red rose on his right arm.
In the episode “Jolly Lodgers,” Squidward wore a pink Hawaiian shirt before he checked into the Hotel Halibut for peace and quiet. He then dons orange and red trunks when he swims and when he enters the Jellyfishing Convention.
In many spin-off media, he is redesigned slightly. In Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, he wears a red cap and a crimson handkerchief in addition to his original attire. In The Patrick Star Show, he had three zits on his nose and yellow collar and cuffs on his shirt.
His work ethic explains why Squidward is regarded as unpleasant, stubborn, snobbish, grouchy, short-tempered, egocentric, gloomy, sarcastic, indifferent, pessimistic, hypocritical, and sometimes sadistic. Due to his pessimistic outlook on the world, he is rarely seen welcoming others with a grin. He dislikes his job at the Krusty Krab and is frequently shown sleeping or reading instead of working. He is one of the most intellectual and educated personalities despite his rage. He has a cynical disposition, an inflated sense of self, views others as barbaric idiots, and refuses to acknowledge his own flaws. Squidward views himself as misunderstood and unappreciated, attributing his failures to society.
In his desire of popularity, he is frustratingly arrogant and either unwilling or unable to recognise brilliance and ingenuity, often demeaning it. He praises “cultivated taste” and established norms. In the episode “Artist Unknown,” he insists that SpongeBob “present his method” despite the fact that it is painfully obvious that SpongeBob has artistic talent. In addition, Squidward gives himself credit for making the David statue, although SpongeBob is the true creator. His intention was to impress the art critic. In the episode “Bubblestand,” he disparages SpongeBob’s ability to blow bubbles.
Squidward is also envious of others who are more artistic or talented than he is, including Incidental 41, Patrick Star, Mr. Krabs, Squilliam Fancyson, and even Mini Squidward the puppet. In “Slimy Dancing,” Squidward cheats during the dancing competition by hiding in SpongeBob’s body and utilising his identity and abilities to win the trophy. After being scolded by the judges, he attempts to take the dancing trophy but is thrown out by security. In “Professor Squidward,” Squidward impersonates Squilliam Fancyson in order to exercise his authority as a music teacher prior to his arrest by the police. In “Sold!,” SpongeBob and Patrick believe Nick Fishkins has purchased their homes. Squidward lies that a family of 14 has moved into SpongeBob’s pineapple and an eight-member rock band with multiple instruments has moved into Patrick’s rock. When SpongeBob and Patrick visit their previous homes, he dresses as the fictional characters he has created.
In general, Squidward is represented as a failure. His clarinet skills are typically portrayed as subpar, ranging from average to excruciatingly awful. In “Sweet and Sour Squid,” Squidward’s terrible clarinet playing causes a massive noise disruption in the entire town, resulting in the appearance of the authorities. However, there have been numerous instances where he has played well, such as in “Bubblestand” and “Hello, Bikini Bottom!” At the conclusion of “Christmas Who?,” he plays the wooden clarinet SpongeBob crafted for him exceptionally well. In “That’s No Lady,” he succeeds in attracting “Patricia” with a pleasant tune. Additionally, in “Best Day Ever,” he has a concert in which he plays well and receives a thundering ovation. SpongeBob was even a VIP for the event. It appears that he is capable of playing the clarinet exceptionally well when he gives his all. He performs sufficiently well in “Hello, Bikini Bottom!” for a musical manager to give him and SpongeBob employment. Along with Beats Me, he performs well in the Rock Bottom minigame of Lights, Camera, Pants! if the player performs well. In addition, he is the first chair of the Bikini Bottom Orchestra.
He frequently allows his accomplishment to elevate his ego. In the episode “Skill Crane,” Squidward’s final victory from the toy claw machine causes him to lose control of a construction crane, resulting in the destruction of a mall and the Krusty Krab. In “Snowball Effect,” after pelting SpongeBob and Patrick with snowballs, he takes the snowball fight too far by constructing a big fort and throwing a large number of snowballs, assuming he was in control of the snowball fight.
His general artistic approach is abstract and overly complex, and his works are frequently criticised by audiences. The reasons for his failure are revealed to be his poor taste and arrogance, not his lack of talent. His whole body of work focuses on himself, as though he thinks his sheer existence to be an artistic marvel and never considers painting anything else. Squidward is depicted in the episode “One Krabs Trash” delivering flowers to a gravestone that reads “Here Lies Squidward’s Hopes and Dreams.”
Because of this, he is represented as an artist’s failure. An art dealer remarks in “Out of the Picture” that Squidward’s artwork would never have monetary value till he is “Out of the picture.” When Squidward showed an art dealer one of his artistic creations in “The Googly Artiste,” the art dealer was appalled by it. In the song “Can You Spare a Dime? When Squidward became homeless after quitting his job, he mentions eating his paintings since no one would take them. However, in “Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost,” he demonstrates talent in a variety of artistic mediums, including wax sculpture, pottery, and paintings, without receiving any attention. Despite his lack of success, Squidward relentlessly pursues artistic accomplishment. Squidward has artistic ability, but he is too lazy and conceited to practise.
In “Dunces and Dragons,” Squidly, Squidward’s mediaeval ancestor, prophesied that his seventh great-grandson would be cursed tenfold if he could not master the clarinet. Squilliam mentions that Squidward was voted “Most Likely to Suck Eggs” in high school in “Squilliam Returns.”
Given that Squidward is generally portrayed as a loser, it is likely that his narcissism is a defence mechanism used to give him a sense of self-worth. Outwardly, he demonstrates signals of modest success: he resides in a large, well-kept home, displays no signs of laziness, and has plenty of time to lead an active, engaged life.
Squidward is well-educated and knowledgeable about his past. In comparison to SpongeBob and Patrick, he possesses a great deal of intelligence and international knowledge. Squidward is also a skilled driver, as he can operate a variety of vehicles, including a standard bicycle, a boat, a car, and even a tractor.
As depicted in the episode “Krusty Krab Training Video,” he is a sluggish, messy, and somewhat incompetent employee at the Krusty Krab who dislikes the restaurant and its management intensely. He is regarded as “inattentive and irritable” with “glazed eyes.” In episodes where Squidward is placed behind the grill anytime SpongeBob is absent, he has proven to be a poor fry cook, frequently burning the food instead of frying it, which negatively impacts the clients’ health. This is demonstrated in the episodes “Pickles,” “Hooky,” and “SpongeBob LongPants.” In “Chum Fricassee,” Grandma Tentacles reveals that Squidward took shortcuts and undercooked the fricassee, harming the customers because he was more concerned with fame than genuine cooking results. In the episode “Accidents Will Happen,” he fakes his injury and lies to Mr. Krabs in order to gain sympathy and an excuse to avoid work. In “Squiditis,” he lies to Mr. Krabs about having the namesake sickness so he can have the day off. In the episode “Squid on Strike,” he organises a Krusty Krab employee strike. Even the Krusty Krab is destroyed, albeit indirectly and by mistake.
However, despite his abhorrence for his profession and the continual insults and misery he endures because of it, he never quits and never considers looking for a better job. In “Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V” and “New Leaf,” for example, when Mr. Krabs threatens to fire him and Squidward allows this to intimidate him into going along with what he’s being dragged into against his will, he does so out of sheer laziness and stubborn pride.
In “The Original Fry Cook,” a flashback reveals that he insists on remaining at the Krusty Krab until his clarinet career pays off, despite the fact that it never does. In “Can You Spare a Dime?,” he quits the Krusty Krab and becomes homeless owing to his inability to find a new employment. Squidward becomes a leech after being taken in by SpongeBob; he constantly and purposefully rejects SpongeBob’s advice that he should at least attempt to look for a new employment. In the episode “Banned in Bikini Bottom,” after the Krusty Krab is shuttered, instead of searching for a new job, Mr. Krabs sits around with SpongeBob as he wallows in depression. In the episode “Goodbye, Krabby Patty,” Squidward views his dismissal from the Krusty Krab as an opportunity to pursue his aspirations, only to discover that he needs more experience than his 17 years as a cashier. Instead of looking for a better career, though, he begs SpongeBob to help him be hired at the Krusty Krab Museum. Most recently, in “The Check-Up,” when a nurse threatens to permanently close the Krusty Krab, Squidward decides to help SpongeBob rather than abandoning him to do it himself, noting that he would “have to get a real job” if the Krusty Krab is shut down.
As it turns out, having to tolerate SpongeBob and Patrick’s loud and irritating behaviours is one of the reasons why Squidward is often arrogant and bad-tempered, especially the fact that he’s rude and hateful to most people. This leads him to make plans to get them to stop, but sometimes, either due to his arrogance or carelessness, his plans backfire on him. This is demonstrated in “Jellyfishing,” in which Squidward releases a jellyfish from a jar with the intention of having it sting SpongeBob and Patrick in retaliation for the Queen jellyfish’s sting. In the episode “April Fools,” Squidward plays a cruel and harmful prank on SpongeBob by physically assaulting him while he is restrained by a rope. In “Suction Cup Symphony,” Squidward pushes SpongeBob and Patrick so forcefully out of his window that Patrick’s buttock bones are fractured. In “Dying for Pie,” Squidward buys SpongeBob an explosive pie for Employee Brotherhood Day, unaware that it contains a bomb; SpongeBob ostensibly consumes the pie, only to reveal in the episode’s conclusion that he kept it in his pocket the entire time to share with Squidward. Although Squidward attempted to make SpongeBob’s final hours meaningful and felt bad for precipitating his demise, he became angry upon learning that SpongeBob never actually consumed the pie. In “The Lost Mattress,” Squidward attempts to get SpongeBob and Patrick devoured by the guard worm at the dump by having them trespass while wearing steak suits. In “The Curse of Bikini Bottom,” Squidward gives SpongeBob and Patrick his lawnmower in the hopes that they will damage themselves. In “Sportz?,” he attempts to damage them by creating a wicked sports game for them to play. In “Scavenger Pants,” Squidward devises a treacherous scavenger hunt in an attempt to hurt SpongeBob and Patrick.
Deep down, Squidward has a caring heart, and when he realises that his plans have caused physical or emotional harm to those he mocked, he is quick to see the error of his ways and make amends while he still can. Squidward is occasionally depicted joining up with SpongeBob or even caring about him, as in “Krab Borg.” In No Nose Knows, he enthusiastically follows Mr. Krabs’ orders to destroy Patrick’s nose.