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Remembering SpongeBob’s Creator Through The Show’s Best Memes

The animation community and 90s kids alike faced a devastating blow when news broke this week that SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg had passed away. Hillenburg, following a long battle with ALS, died at age 57.

If you’ve ever scrolled through social media, you know the substantial influence SpongeBob had on the internet. Thanks to both the internet and SpongeBob establishing themselves as pop culture juggernauts in the early 2000s, the two naturally dovetailed for kids growing up at the time.

But only in the past several years has meme culture absorbed SpongeBob into its grasp. Every month it seems like a new meme is born featuring the show’s iconic characters like SpongeBob, Patrick, or Squidward. The show seems to absorb whatever expression internet users want to apply it with; after all, the show’s main character is literally a sponge.

Though it’s doubtful Hillenburg intended for all this, everyone is susceptible to the power of a good SpongeBob meme. Remember that when Kanye West fired back at Jimmy Kimmel during their 2013 feud, he used a SpongeBob meme.

In memory of Hillenburg and the wonderful show he created, we rounded up our favorite SpongeBob memes. Thanks for making us laugh, Stephen Hillenburg.

Mr. Krabs Blur

MoCkInG SpOnGeBoB

Evil Patrick

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Tired SpongeBob

Krusty Krab vs. Chum Bucket

Squidward FOMO

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