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Have you ever realized Spongebob’s theme music changes to a tune similar to Scooby-Doo when a ghost arrives? Fortunately, I’m a bit of a Spongebob nut who notices the finer details. Therefore, I will separate the spirits from the two shows in my comprehensive Spongebob ghost guide.
My family has watched Spongebob since my kids were in diapers, and I loved it in the 1990s. Admittedly, I’ve watched the episodes repeatedly, learning more about the characters and developing a passion for Spongebob lore. I even own Spongebob merch. Bikini Bottom is an underwater world of humor we all need today.
Meanwhile, the show loves throwing ghosts and ghouls to shake things up. So, let’s see all the ghosts from the famous Spongebob Squarepants shows and movies.
Spongebob Ghosts: Bottom Line Up Front
Call me a Spongebob lore obsession, but I love learning more about the legends, characters, and supporting characters behind the show. The Spongebob ghost collection includes nearly 40 ghouls, some easily recognizable, appearing in many episodes. For example, you know The Flying Dutchman and Grandma Ghost.
The Spongebob ghouls don’t destroy the show for kids because many are harmless. In addition, Spongebob and Bikini Bottom always overcome the haunted period. Meanwhile, you can’t call Spongebob ghosts unfriendly to young viewers because Scooby-Doo and Casper would also be unfriendly.
So instead, it’s time to learn about the Spongebob ghosts that add laughs and awes to the show. My favorite Spongebob ghoul is The Flying Dutchman because he appears numerous times and always creates entertaining episodes. He also has a ghost crew and a mother, expanding his supporting character’s story.
However, check out some quick facts about Spongebob ghouls before I dive into my complete guide.
Quick Facts About Spongebob Ghosts
- There are 39 ghosts in total throughout Spongebob Squarepants
- Some Spongebob ghosts are naughty and fearsome, while others are merely lost or mischievous souls
- The most well-known spirit in Spongebob is The Flying Dutchman
- The scariest Spongebob ghost is The Fisherman
- The least frightening Spongebob ghost is Maisey Manes
- The Spongebob Squarepants episode with the most ghouls is Séance Schméance
- The Patrick Star Show and Kamp Koral also have famous ghouls
- Some Spongebob ghosts are famous enough to appear in games, even earning their own games
A Complete Guide to Spongebob Ghosts
Spongebob is a children’s show, but many episodes have undesirable ghouls that cause havoc in Bikini Bottom. Fortunately, the ghosts aren’t as spooky as watching a horror movie. So, I love learning about how many spirits have visited Bikini Bottom and the Bottomites, creating funny disasters.
But first, let’s see the different types of Spongebob ghouls.
The Different Spongebob Ghost Types
Spongebob Squarepants is an epic adventure that began when I still loved animated shows. Admittedly, I still watch it with my kids. The late 1990s brought a new world to television, where underwater creatures called Bottomites crawled into children’s hearts. The show introduced many characters and supporting characters.
Supporting characters like the anchovies and superheroes brought many giggles. Meanwhile, some running gags introduced long-term supporting characters that earned names. The main characters also took many forms, including Buff Spongebob and Smooth Spongebob. Many characters became Bottomites.
Meanwhile, some characters in the show crept into our childhood fears. The Spongebob Squarepants show introduced 39 ghosts, ghouls, and poltergeists over the years, hoping to bring a new type of humor to the series. Admittedly, I enjoy many spirits, especially the infamous Flying Dutchman.
However, Spongebob ghosts don’t always have names or foundational roles in the show. For example, I don’t remember ghost number three as much as The Fisherman. In addition, the colored ghost doesn’t remind me of an episode. Neither does the spirit. These ghosts appear to have no name or importance to the show.
They’re incidental supporting characters you’re lucky to see in single appearances. These ghosts are in Spongebob, but they don’t remind me of specific episodes:
- Ghost One (also two, three, four, five, and six)
- Unknown Ghost One (also two, three, and four)
Meanwhile, some ghouls appeared in memorable episodes or multiple times. They had names and recognizable features. So, I’ll call the incidental ghosts untitled ghouls. In contrast, I call the memorable and recognizable ghosts the titled ghouls. Hardly any fans will remember ghost number two.
Moreover, some primary Spongebob characters briefly become ghosts in various episodes, including Patrick, Plankton, Squidward, and Spongebob. However, the primary character’s spirits don’t count as major supporting characters because they usually return to normal.
Additionally, some Spongebob ghosts are famous for video games. However, they aren’t known to the show. For example, ghost jellyfish is a character in the Dutchman’s Dash video game. So, he doesn’t count as a Spongebob ghoul for the show. Moreover, he doesn’t even look like a ghost in the game.
The games aren’t the only source of Spongebob ghouls. The Patrick Star Show, Spongebob Shorts, and Kamp Koral also welcome new ghosts to the franchise. I’ll only consider truly memorable ghosts from other shows. Spongebob also has comic books, where you’ll meet a few lesser-known spirits, some making it to the show.
Finally, many Spongebob items become possessed with ghosts, like the phone, outhouse, and toast slice in the kitchen flashback. However, these items aren’t famous ghouls. I’ll include one as an example, but they’re not ghosts in Spongebob’s reality.
How to Recognize an Impending Spongebob Ghost Appearance
Suppose you aren’t keen on kids under five watching Spongebob episodes with ghosts. In that case, you can learn to recognize when the show’s about to bring a ghoul onto the screen. Indeed, many stock soundtracks will resemble the sound effects you hear in other shows like Scooby-Doo and Casper.
The show always plays snippet tracks before a ghost appears. For example, the show might use a soundtrack like the Ghost Choir Soundtrack. The background music will change before a ghost appears, and many popular animated series use similar stock soundtracks. Sometimes, it’s simply a change of musical rhythm first.
My children enjoy spooky encounters on Spongebob. So, I don’t mind them watching the episodes. However, I understand if your little ones are too young for exposure. In that case, watch for signs of spooky appearances. Alternatively, learn which episodes have ghosts. I’ll include the appearances of each famous ghoul.
How I Selected the Spongebob Ghosts Worth Remembering
It’s all about remembering the ghosts and which episodes show them. So, I’ll only share the Spongebob ghouls with memorable appearances and recognizable features. In addition, it would be excellent if they had a name. So, I won’t include any Spongebob ghosts with numbered names or the word “unknown” in the title.
Finally, I’ll add a few Spongebob ghosts from other shows like Kamp Koral and The Patrick Star Show. However, they must be as memorable as Spongebob’s original ghoul cast members, meaning they have good stories or appear more than once. Also, I’ll include one ghost item to add more variety.
Spongebob Ghost Guide: Named Poltergeists
Spongebob’s poltergeist friends scare his pants off in some episodes, but the giggles follow quickly. Meanwhile, it helps to know from which episodes ghosts are and how scary they seem. So, I’ll share details about each ghoul, including their memorable appearances. Then, let’s get to the bottom of the “ghouling” mystery.
Charlie is Lord Poltergeist’s first mate and appears in the Ghoul Fools episode first. He’s one of Lord Poltergeist’s most-trusted crew members, who seems to watch over the engine room. Meanwhile, the guy has a creepy factor because Charlie looks like a skeleton wearing a ghoul glow.
Unfortunately, he’s also not the friendliest ghost. In addition, Charlie has one eye, making him a crossover between a skeleton and a cyclops. This vile character sleeps in a coffin with a spider-web pillow. Charlie’s second appearance in Séance Schméance shows him haunting the Krusty Krab.
Charlie Ghost Appearances:
Fat Ghost is a good friend of The Flying Dutchman, my ultimate ghoul from Spongebob. I already mentioned how many friends and relatives the Dutchman ghoul brings into the show. So, he’s undoubtedly a famous ghost with many friends, constantly creating new haunted avenues in the Spongebob episodes.
However, Fat Ghost doesn’t appear for long in either episode. Meanwhile, he seems different in both episodes. Fat Ghost looks like a pink, brainless blob in the Ghost Host episode. However, he turns into a green, mindless blob in the Séance Schméance. So, you might not remember seeing him twice because of the colors.
Fat Ghost Appearances:
Frank Monster Ghost
Frank is King Neptune’s advisor, but he’s a special kind of ghost because he’s also a monster. He looks different from other Spongebob ghouls throughout the show. Frank resembles a pile of mud that looks like it’s about to experience a landslide. In addition, the creepy aspect arises because he has no eyes and one giant tooth.
However, Frank appears as a rescue monster ghost in the first episode. After that, Spongebob and Patrick rescue the poor guy at King Neptune’s birthday party, but he returns home with the king. Meanwhile, you only briefly see him in Spongegod, the short episode, before he reappears in the Séance Schméance episode.
Frank Ghost Appearances:
Ghost Toast is such an odd character that I nearly didn’t add it as a named poltergeist. Meanwhile, you briefly see a flashback of the haunted scene in Spongebob’s kitchen with a ghoul-possessed toast slice. Ghost toast was a weird memory from Spongebob after thinking Mrs. Puff’s lighthouse had ghosts.
So, the ghost character isn’t a favorite choice, but I remember the scene because it was unexpected. Meanwhile, Mrs. Puff’s lighthouse is the haunting ground of this episode. You hear meows inside the lighthouse during the episode. However, you never see the ghost, and you might think it’s in Spongebob’s imagination.
Ghost Toast Appearances:
Grandma Ghost isn’t Spongebob’s grandmother, who you meet multiple times in the show. Spongebob’s grandmother is a sweet woman with a kind nature. Instead, Grandma Ghost is a ghoul with a vengeance. Grandma Ghost appears as a fish crossed with a woman, and she has long hair with red eyes.
Also, Grandma Ghost’s pale blue appearance resembles the glow of many Spongebob ghouls. However, the most common color among Spongebob ghosts is green. Meanwhile, she has broken teeth and looks pretty spooky. Finally, she briefly appears as a ghost on Plankton’s television, which makes him want to become one.
Grandma Ghost Appearances:
Great Great Grandpa Jenkins
Old Man Jenkins is a fan-favorite Spongebob character. The supporting character has more personality and jokes than most. So, he’s also one of my favorites. Unfortunately, Great Great Grandpa Jenkins only has a single appearance, but it’s memorable. It’s also sad that he appears once because he’s one of the friendlier ghosts.
Great Great Grandpa Jenkins has Chinese heritage, meaning so does Old Man Jenkins. He appears as a glowing red ghost with a long white beard typical of Chinese ancestry. Old Man Jenkins summoned him to the Krusty Krab to face off with Eugene Krab’s ancestors, who wreaked havoc among the customers.
Great Great Grandpa Jenkins Appearances:
Great Great Grandpa Krabs
Eugene Krabs also has two ancestral ghosts that appear in Spongebob Squarepants. Unfortunately, their personalities are as greedy and mean as the Krusty Krab owner. Great Great Grandpa Krabs is light green with a solid glow, typically a color for Spongebob ghouls. In addition, he appears to come from the Elizabethan era.
Even though Great Great Grandpa Krabs sounds wise and intelligent, he’s another mean ghoul. He visits the Krusty Krab during the Senior Discount episode. However, he only appears in mention in an earlier episode. Finally, this Krab is so greedy that he invented the anti-spend system to save more money.
Great Great Grandpa Krabs Appearances
Great Great Great Grandpa Krabs
Eugene Krabs and the Krusty Krab are hot spots for ghouls throughout the Spongebob Squarepants episodes. So, Eugene also sees his great, great, great grandfather in another spooky edition. But unfortunately, Eugene’s older ancestor only appears in one episode because the greedy crab never mentions him in another.
Meanwhile, Great Great Great Grandpa Krabs is another glowing green ghoul with an attitude. Everything makes sense about the ancestral greed in Eugene’s family once you learn that his oldest ancestor was a pirate. The ghoul appears with a giant pirate hook and sword. You can imagine how he hunted treasure in the sea.
Great Great Great Grandpa Krabs Appearances:
Spongebob is another magnet for ghoul encounters because he’s the primary character. Unfortunately, he encounters an unfortunate ghost in the Krusty Krab during a late shift with his coworker, Squidward. The entire evening was unnecessary because the Hash-Slinging Slasher was merely Squidward’s spooky tales.
However, Squidward’s insane story that shook Spongebob turned real when the ghoul arrived. Fans believe the ghoul was once a fry cook. Meanwhile, he looks entirely different from other ghosts, almost resembling the Hunchback of Notre Dam in shadow form. Also, it’s unsurprising an ex-worker would haunt the place.
Hash-Slinging Slasher Appearances:
Lord Poltergeist is nearly as famous as The Flying Dutchman. However, his fame is better connected to video games like Spongebob Moves In and Nickelodeon’s Mystery Mansion. Meanwhile, he appears in the Ghoul Fools episode as a challenger for The Flying Dutchman, seeking to steal his treasure.
Lord Poltergeist is a mean ghoul with many crew members willing to do his bidding. He also looks like an undead pirate with skeleton hands and old clothes. Lord Poltergeist has a blue glow but looks more human than most ghouls in the show. In contrast, he glows green in Nickelodeon’s Mystery Mansion game.
Lord Poltergeist Appearances:
Maisey Manes has one of the saddest stories in Spongebob because she’s merely a kid at Kamp Koral. Indeed, she never appears in Spongebob Squarepants episodes, movies, or games. Instead, she’s a unique ghoul child from the Kamp Koral episodes, often appearing to Patrick, Spongebob, and Sandy.
Spongebob and his friends don’t know how to deal with Maisey once they realize she’s a ghost from previous camping periods. However, the poor girl tries to befriend Sandy, Patrick, and Spongebob. She appears as a normal-looking girl a few times but also shows herself as a glowing ghoul. I feel sorry for Maisey Manes.
Maisey Manes Appearances:
- Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years – Camp Spirit
Motorcycle Ghost appears twice in Spongebob Squarepants episodes. In addition, he’s another best friend to The Flying Dutchman. You’d think the ghosts have a friendship ring in the afterlife, but this one is another friend of the most famous ghoul in the show. Meanwhile, Motorcycle Ghost has the most original appearance.
As a result, he appears as a purple ghost with a weird glow. Moreover, he reminds me of a Casper version with a different color. Finally, the ghoul appears on a small motorcycle, even joining the famous ghost-filled Séance Schméance episode. He seems naughtier than most ghouls and challenges Spongebob.
Motorcycle Ghost Appearances:
Mrs. Flying Dutchman
Mrs. Flying Dutchman is the infamous Flying Dutchman’s mother. Her attitude is what you’d expect from a grandmother ghost figure. She also appears as a glowing green ghoul but looks more like a granny. In addition, she loved the pirate lifestyle, as you’ll see on her shirt’s artwork, including a scary skull.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Flying Dutchman sadly never appears in Spongebob’s episodes. She initially comes in Spongebob’s 43rd comic book. However, The Flying Dutchman mentions his mother in the Shanghaied episode, allowing her to become a Spongebob Squarepants on-screen ghost, however minimal.
Mrs. Flying Dutchman Appearances:
Rusty Rickets isn’t the most famous ghost from Spongebob. However, in the Séance Schméance episode, he appears as a fry cook with a spatula in his ghastly hands. Poor Rusty Rickets isn’t the worst ghoul, either. Instead, he looks like a giant green blob with a solid glow. His apron looks tattered, and he seems unhappy.
I suppose ghosts would be unhappy because they aren’t among the living. Meanwhile, Rusty was a fish with a restaurant before becoming a ghost. He thrived on his famous burgers at the Rusty’s Rib Eye restaurant. Indeed, the name isn’t too original. But the character has a profound background story, making him a famous ghoul.
Rusty Rickets Appearances:
Spirit isn’t well-known to every Spongebob Squarepants fan unless they watched the short episode in season 13, episode seven. Meanwhile, he’s one mean ghost that belongs among his legendary ghoul friends. Spirit looks like a pig with bright yellow eyes and a snout and glows in a solid blue hue.
However, Spirit looks mean from the start because of his massive teeth that could rip Bottomites apart. In addition, I love Spirit’s origin because he was Spongebob’s action figure, Pigulon. The name undoubtedly matches the ghoul’s appearance perfectly. Ironically, Spongebob banishes the ghoul from his toy.
Spongebob Demon shows up as a deceivingly similar character to Spongebob in Ghoul Fools. However, some differences are evident, such as Spongebob Demon being taller than him. In addition, he glows around him, like the ghosts in Bikini Bottom. Finally, Spongebob Demon’s voice is much deeper than the fry cook’s.
The episode welcomes Spongebob Demon twice. Firstly, Squidward encounters him in the void. Secondly, he appears at the Cursed Krab (renamed Krusty Krab). Of course, you won’t see the end coming unless you’ve watched it. Here is a spoiler: this ghoul is The Flying Dutchman, who reveals himself at the end of the episode.
Spongebob Demon Appearances:
The Fisherman is another one of my favorite Spongebob ghouls. Here’s a fun fact: The Fisherman is originally from an in-show movie called Fisherman 4: Attack of the Hook. However, he first comes into the show in Don’t Look Now, but it’s only a mentionable episode. So instead, he appears as a ghoul in The Night Patty episode.
The Fisherman is a creepy character with wading boots, a raincoat, and a strikingly yellow glow. He has a hook as a hand and holds a net in the other hand. The Fisherman’s eyes are creepy, and he looks more like a blue ghost than the typical green colors. I’d rate The Fisherman as one of the scariest Spongebob ghouls.
The Fisherman Appearances:
The Flim Flam Brothers
I already shared one of Kamp Koral’s famous ghosts. So, I planned to find the best ghouls from The Patrick Star Show to give some variety to Spongebob’s ghosts. Unfortunately, the Flim Flam brothers make two total appearances in Patrick’s episodes. Sadly, they aren’t creepy, creating a funny blunder in Patrick’s plans.
Patrick tries to scare everyone at home by hiring the ghost duo. Still, the previous live fish undoubtedly have no ghastly features. They don’t look dangerous and have a white glow, appearing as friendly ghouls. The scariest part of this sibling ghost team on Patrick’s show is that they’re insanely dull, making them funny.
The Flim Flam Brothers Appearances:
- The Patrick Star Show: The Haunting of Star House
- The Patrick Star Show: Mid-Season Finale
The Flying Dutchman
Indeed, I love saving the best Spongebob ghost for last. The glowing green pirate with a mean attitude is the most famous ghost from Spongebob. He appears in more episodes than any other ghoul and has an entire crew of ghoul characters. In addition, he has relatives and dates another ghost in The Curse of Bikini Bottom.
Admittedly The Flying Dutchman’s date in that episode is as frightening as him. However, The Flying Dutchman also appears in other Spongebob-related episodes and video games. He’s famous enough to have an original game. You can face the favorite ghoul in Spongebob’s Revenge of The Flying Dutchman game.
The Flying Dutchman Appearances:
- Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost
- Scaredy Pants
- Your Shoe’s Untied
- The Curse of Bikini Bottom
- Born Again Krabs
- Ghost Host
- Ghoul Fools
- Séance Schméance
- Money Talks
- Spongebob vs. The Big One
Answer: Spongebob Squarepants has various ghosts, 39 in total. However, most of Spongebob’s famous ghouls appear in the Séance Schméance episode because everyone at the Krusty Krab keeps summoning more to come. Unfortunately, the séance also opens the doors for infamous and naughty ghouls to join the “party.”
Answer: Hands down, The Flying Dutchman is the main ghost who appears more than any other ghoul. He appears in 12 episodes, including Séance Schméance and Shanghaied. In addition, he has multiple ghoul friends, crew members, and relatives. Meanwhile, The Flying Dutchman also has Spongebob video games.
Answer: Unfortunately, various Bottomites become temporary ghosts in The Curse of Bikini Bottom, including Patrick Star and Spongebob Squarepants. However, they don’t count as famous Spongebob ghouls because they temporarily become ghosts along with various other Bottomites.
Spongebob Ghost Guide: Conclusion
Spongebob Squarepants introduces many fun and scary ghouls throughout his episodes. In addition, you’ll find more exciting ghouls to learn about in Kamp Koral and The Patrick Star Show. Let’s not forget that Spongebob video games love adding ghosts as villains. Meanwhile, my guide showed every famous Spongebob ghost.
There wasn’t a need to share nameless ghouls or ghosts who appeared in other shows or comic books unless they also came into the Spongebob realm. I genuinely enjoyed writing about the nearly 40 Spongebob ghosts. My favorite remains The Flying Dutchman because he has a clear stake in the show.
However, I highly recommend watching the Séance Schméance, Ghoul Fools, and The Curse of Bikini Bottom episodes to see many famous ghouls. You’ll even see many Spongebob ghosts that make single appearances in these episodes.
So, please don’t waste time and catch up on your Spongebob character knowledge by watching them.