In SpongeBob SquarePants Is Squidward SpongeBob's Friend or Enemy

This came up recently when one of my friends was checking out Giant Bomb so I thought that it would be appropriate if I brought it up with the GiantBomb community. My friend was checking out GiantBomb for the first time and what's the first thing he checks? Yup SpongeBob's character page. Why? I guess it's okay for people over the age of 20 to still like SpongeBob. Then when examining Bob's character page he noticed that Squidward was attached to Bob's friends tab and not his enemy tab. Pointing out the fact that Squidward is more antagonistic than friendly he believes that Squidward is Bob's enemy and enemy only. So GiantBomb are any of you familiar with SpongeBob to provide assistance?
 
Why is this not a poll? Polls can be abused and by requiring you to write out something I'm hoping you guys put in some effort into explaining your reasoning... hoping.

37 Comments
37 Comments
Posted by ZombiePie

This came up recently when one of my friends was checking out Giant Bomb so I thought that it would be appropriate if I brought it up with the GiantBomb community. My friend was checking out GiantBomb for the first time and what's the first thing he checks? Yup SpongeBob's character page. Why? I guess it's okay for people over the age of 20 to still like SpongeBob. Then when examining Bob's character page he noticed that Squidward was attached to Bob's friends tab and not his enemy tab. Pointing out the fact that Squidward is more antagonistic than friendly he believes that Squidward is Bob's enemy and enemy only. So GiantBomb are any of you familiar with SpongeBob to provide assistance?
 
Why is this not a poll? Polls can be abused and by requiring you to write out something I'm hoping you guys put in some effort into explaining your reasoning... hoping.

Moderator
Edited by Animasta

he helps, he hinders; If it was a squidward focused episode, it usually starts with him trying to do something to spongebob (make him stop being so loud, stop him from blowing bubbles) and it backfires on him. He'll help him in times of great duress, but it's probably better that squidward be classified as both, really. (if that's possible) if not, enemy.
 
I have no shame

Posted by mracoon

He's both. To SpongeBob, Squidard is a friend but for Squidard, SpongeBob is his enemy.

Moderator
Posted by slowbird
@mracoon said:
" He's both. To SpongeBob, Squidard is a friend but for Squidard, SpongeBob is his enemy. "
This man is the winner.  Perfectly described.
Edited by glorious_leader

He is his foil.  Always the polar opposite of him, sparking conflict.  However, depending on the circumstances of the plot, their goals and motives may make them friends or enemies.

Posted by MooseyMcMan
@mracoon said:
" He's both. To SpongeBob, Squidard is a friend but for Squidard, SpongeBob is his enemy. "
This. I think Squidward should be listed as a friend on Bob's page, and Spongebob should be listed as an enemy on Squidward's page (assuming you can do that (and I'm willing to bet you can)). 
 
But there have been plenty of good times between Squidward and Spongebob...Like that time Squidward thought Spongebob was going to die because of that pie bomb. He was nice to Spongebob all day long. 
 
Also, I still enjoy Spongebob. At least the old (ie, good) episodes. It went downhill a lot in the last few years. 
Posted by Animasta
@MooseyMcMan said:
" @mracoon said:
" He's both. To SpongeBob, Squidard is a friend but for Squidard, SpongeBob is his enemy. "
This. I think Squidward should be listed as a friend on Bob's page, and Spongebob should be listed as an enemy on Squidward's page (assuming you can do that (and I'm willing to bet you can)).  But there have been plenty of good times between Squidward and Spongebob...Like that time Squidward thought Spongebob was going to die because of that pie bomb. He was nice to Spongebob all day long.  Also, I still enjoy Spongebob. At least the old (ie, good) episodes. It went downhill a lot in the last few years.  "
I haven't seen any of the new new episodes (don't have cable) but some of the mid episodes were pretty good. I thought the movie was actually pretty hilarious
Edited by Aus_azn

I don't really think it's so cut and dry. It's clear that Squidward thinks on most occasions that SpongeBob is his enemy and it's very clear that SpongeBob believes Squidward to be his friend.
 
However, on some occasions, Squidward shows genuine concern for SpongeBob, easily represented best in the time machine episode. So, I'd really place Squidward almost as a neutral guy.
 
EDIT: And SpongeBob is awesome. It's probably the only modern cartoon that could even come close to holding a candle near the likes of Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Also, I went to the Squidward page and added Spongebob to his enemy list. He was already in Squidward's enemy list, but I noticed that Patrick was in both Squidward's lists of enemies and friends, so I figured Spongebob should be too. 

Posted by Video_Game_King
@mracoon said:
" He's both. To SpongeBob, Squidard is a friend but for Squidard, SpongeBob is his enemy. "
Pretty much this. SpongeBob will do anything to get Squidward to like him. ANYTHING. He'll burn down his house, get him arrested, and DESTROY HIS LIFE until Squidward likes him back. Fuck SpongeBob.
Posted by Illmatic

As an added note, there is nothing wrong with a man over the age of 20 still enjoying spongebob, right? RIght???

Posted by ThatFrood

It's pretty clear that they're friends. Even plankton, to a certain degree, is Spongebob's friend.

Posted by Animasta
@ThatFrood said:
" It's pretty clear that they're friends. Even plankton, to a certain degree, is Spongebob's friend. "
Spongebob needs enemies, dood. I would definitely say Plankton is the enemy; as seen on the episode where plankton gets spongebob to kick people off the beach, where he controls spongebob to get the krabby patty...
 
why do I remember all these
Posted by Gabriel
@Laketown said:
I thought the movie was actually pretty hilarious "
As far as I'm concerned the Spongebob Squarepants movie is an Work of art.
Posted by Animasta
@Gabriel said:
" @Laketown said:
I thought the movie was actually pretty hilarious "
As far as I'm concerned the Spongebob Squarepants movie is an Work of art. "
it had the best version of I wanna rock I've ever heard
Posted by SeriouslyNow

One Word :  FRENEMY.

Posted by Where_Am_I

Honestly, I only watch spongebob for all the hilarious innuendos they throw in.

Posted by ThatFrood
@Laketown said:
" @ThatFrood said:
" It's pretty clear that they're friends. Even plankton, to a certain degree, is Spongebob's friend. "
Spongebob needs enemies, dood. I would definitely say Plankton is the enemy; as seen on the episode where plankton gets spongebob to kick people off the beach, where he controls spongebob to get the krabby patty...  why do I remember all these "
Spongebob really... doesnt have enemies though. He just has friends. No one really considers spongebob an "enemy", how could you? He isn't threatening, imposing, he's just a sponge. A sponge who is always ready for fun and spreads joy everywhere.
People might try to manipulate him, they might find him annoying, but in the end, no one thinks of him as an "enemy". He's a friend to all.
Posted by ZombiePie

This is now more popular than the community Spotlight. You are all bad people.

Moderator
Posted by Animasta
@ThatFrood said:
" @Laketown said:
" @ThatFrood said:
" It's pretty clear that they're friends. Even plankton, to a certain degree, is Spongebob's friend. "
Spongebob needs enemies, dood. I would definitely say Plankton is the enemy; as seen on the episode where plankton gets spongebob to kick people off the beach, where he controls spongebob to get the krabby patty...  why do I remember all these "
Spongebob really... doesnt have enemies though. He just has friends. No one really considers spongebob an "enemy", how could you? He isn't threatening, imposing, he's just a sponge. A sponge who is always ready for fun and spreads joy everywhere. People might try to manipulate him, they might find him annoying, but in the end, no one thinks of him as an "enemy". He's a friend to all. "
I dunno, Plankton's whole thing is getting the krabby patty formula, and spongebob, more often than not, gets in the way of that. If that's not an enemy I don't know what is. Spongebob may not think of him as the enemy, but Plankton sure does.
Posted by W0lfbl1tzers
@Aus_azn said:
 And SpongeBob is awesome. It's probably the only modern cartoon that could even come close to holding a candle near the likes of Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry. "
Rocco's Modern Life my friend. Rocco's Modern Life. 
Posted by dudeglove
@Illmatic said:
" As an added note, there is nothing wrong with a man over the age of 20 still enjoying spongebob, right? RIght??? "
If they're high, nope.
Posted by Aus_azn
@W0lfbl1tzers said:
" @Aus_azn said:
 And SpongeBob is awesome. It's probably the only modern cartoon that could even come close to holding a candle near the likes of Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry. "
Rocco's Modern Life my friend. Rocco's Modern Life.  "
Hm, you bring up a fine point, good sir.
 
I didn't count it for two reasons:
1. It's been 15 years since it ended
2. Holy crap, it's already been 15 years since it ended. I feel old now.
 
SpongeBob is probably the only cartoon that is still running that can do that, perhaps I should have said.
Posted by hedfone

this is great

Posted by W0lfbl1tzers
@Aus_azn said:
" @W0lfbl1tzers said:
" @Aus_azn said:
 And SpongeBob is awesome. It's probably the only modern cartoon that could even come close to holding a candle near the likes of Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry. "
Rocco's Modern Life my friend. Rocco's Modern Life.  "
Hm, you bring up a fine point, good sir.  I didn't count it for two reasons: 1. It's been 15 years since it ended 2. Holy crap, it's already been 15 years since it ended. I feel old now.  SpongeBob is probably the only cartoon that is still running that can do that, perhaps I should have said. "
Phineas and Ferb is pretty great. It's the only good Disney cartoon since the early nineties. I miss Dark Wing Duck
Posted by Sweep

Is this an elaborate metaphor? Are you actually asking if you should start taking weed or heroin? Because that violates the terms of the site. In future please refer to the FAQ before creating new threads or blogs. 
  

Moderator
Posted by Coleslaw893
@Aus_azn said:
"And SpongeBob is awesome. It's probably the only modern cartoon that could even come close to holding a candle near the likes of Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry. "
Invader Zim. Nuff' said.
Posted by TheGreatGuero

Deep down, Squidward is Spongebob's friend. Squidward is kind of a jerk and is easily annoyed by Spongebob, but at the end of the day, he does really care about him. Look at the April Fool's episode where Squidward plays a really elaborate prank on Spongebob and makes him cry, and then Squidward feels so bad about it. It's because he cares. It's like Spongebob is the annoying younger brother that Squidward can't help to torment and make fun of, but when things get serious, Squidward has his back. Not an enemy.

Posted by PokeIkzai

Plankton is really the only "enemy" I think Spongebob has. 
 
...why is the F is for friends who do stuff together now stuck in my head? <_>

Posted by Animasta
@W0lfbl1tzers said:
" @Aus_azn said:
" @W0lfbl1tzers said:
" @Aus_azn said:
 And SpongeBob is awesome. It's probably the only modern cartoon that could even come close to holding a candle near the likes of Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry. "
Rocco's Modern Life my friend. Rocco's Modern Life.  "
Hm, you bring up a fine point, good sir.  I didn't count it for two reasons: 1. It's been 15 years since it ended 2. Holy crap, it's already been 15 years since it ended. I feel old now.  SpongeBob is probably the only cartoon that is still running that can do that, perhaps I should have said. "
Phineas and Ferb is pretty great. It's the only good Disney cartoon since the early nineties. I miss Dark Wing Duck "
Phineas and Ferb aren't that good to be honest. I prefer a Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Flapjack is probably the best cartoon still running, but only because it's insane.
Posted by Coleslaw893
@PokeIkzai said:
" ...why is the F is for friends who do stuff together now stuck in my head? <_> "
"U is for U and me!"
Posted by Animasta
@Coleslaw893 said:
" @PokeIkzai said:
" ...why is the F is for friends who do stuff together now stuck in my head? <_> "
"U is for U and me!" "
N is for anything and any time at all
 
DOWN HERE IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA
Posted by Zippedbinders
@Laketown said:
" @W0lfbl1tzers said:
" @Aus_azn said:
" @W0lfbl1tzers said:
" @Aus_azn said:
 And SpongeBob is awesome. It's probably the only modern cartoon that could even come close to holding a candle near the likes of Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry. "
Rocco's Modern Life my friend. Rocco's Modern Life.  "
Hm, you bring up a fine point, good sir.  I didn't count it for two reasons: 1. It's been 15 years since it ended 2. Holy crap, it's already been 15 years since it ended. I feel old now.  SpongeBob is probably the only cartoon that is still running that can do that, perhaps I should have said. "
Phineas and Ferb is pretty great. It's the only good Disney cartoon since the early nineties. I miss Dark Wing Duck "
Phineas and Ferb aren't that good to be honest. I prefer a Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Flapjack is probably the best cartoon still running, but only because it's insane. "
If that's your stance, then you haven't seen much Phineas and Ferb. As a guy who watches a lot of cartoons, Phineas and Ferb is easily one of the greatest cartoons in the past 20 years. Never mind the solid plotting and pacing, dual story lines, appreciation of an internal canon, and the ability to masterfully string together two jokes from seasons apart; its greatest success is its ability to be funny to any age group, my girlfriend's father, who is the grumpiest man I know, will watch it with or without his toddler son. 
 
Also, Flapjack ended mid last year.
Posted by YieldForNothing

See i think that Squidward is just a lonely dude... he desperately needs a friend but can't get over himself long enough to accept that Spongebob, in all reality, would be the best friend ever. Therefor... I think Squidward is his own enemy and poor Spongybob is clueless. 

Posted by Gamer_152

You know I've come across situations before while editing the wiki where I thought characters qualified as both friends and enemies of other characters, and I think this is one of those.

Moderator
Edited by FourWude

Who needs enemies, when you have friends like Squidward. 

Squidward was the best of friends. He was the worst of enemies.

Posted by chu52

Overall squidward is an enemy. Sure he on occasion will team up, but much like cobra and gi joe these alliances are fragile and by next Saturday forgotten