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Below is a gallery of the SpongeBob SquarePants character models of the seven main characters of SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Eugene Krabs, Sandra Cheeks, Sheldon Plankton and Gerald Wilson Jr.

A vertical side by side comparison of the character episode models of SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Plankton, and Gary. Enjoy! :)

SpongeBob SquarePants Character Models

Picture: Model: Information:
SpongeBob SquarePants (Pilot) Pilot (1997 - 1999) SpongeBob SquarePants' character model from the Season 1 pilot episode Help Wanted. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 1) Season 1 (1999 - 2000) SpongeBob SquarePants' character model from Season 1. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation. The next season on-wards began the newer process of digital ink and paint.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 2 Version 1) Season 2 (2000 - 2003) Interestingly, two models of SpongeBob SquarePants were introduced in Season 2. This one has a skinnier waist than the second one does. This one appears in a few of the earlier Season 2 episodes such as Bossy Boots, Big Pink Loser, and Life of Crime. This model is a lighter and duller shade of yellow in some episodes than it is in others.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 2 Version 2) Season 2 (2000 - 2003) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it is fatter around the waist. It appears in Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III and virtually all the episodes after that until the last Season 2 episode Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm. This model is a lighter and duller shade of yellow in some episodes than it is in others.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 3) Season 3 (2001 - 2004) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, this one features digital ink and paint. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one, except the eyes are a bit smaller. The previous two models frequently switch between being a brighter yellow and a lighter and duller yellow. This model stays the brighter yellow.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 4 Version 1) Season 4 (2005 - 2007) Interestingly, two models of SpongeBob SquarePants were introduced in Season 4. This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features 3-D computer colouring instead of digital ink and paint. The colours are slightly duller and the facial expressions are slightly different.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 4 Version 2) Season 4 (2005 - 2007) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, this one features 3-D computer colouring. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one, except the facial expressions seem to have changed again, becoming more like how they were in Season 2 and Season 3.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 5) Season 5 (2007 - 2009) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, this one features 3-D computer colouring. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 6) Season 6 (2008 - 2010) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, this one features 3-D computer colouring. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 7) Season 7 (2009 - 2011) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, this one features 3-D computer colouring. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 8) Season 8 (2011 - 2012) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it appears to be even fatter around the waist. Like it's predecessor, this one features 3-D computer colouring. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 9) Season 9 (2012 - 2016) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of 3-D computer colouring. The colours are brighter like they were in Season 2 and Season 3.

Patrick Star Character Models

Picture: Model: Information:
Patrick Star (Pilot) Pilot (1997 - 1999) Patrick Star's character model from the Season 1 pilot episode Help Wanted. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation.
Patrick Star (Season 1) Season 1 (1999 - 2000) Patrick Star's character model from Season 1. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation. The next season on-wards began the newer process of digital ink and paint. This model can be distinguished from the newer ones because the flowers on Patrick's trousers are a darker purple than in the later seasons. The skin is also a darker and brighter shade of pink than in the later seasons.
Patrick Star (Season 2 Version 1) Season 2 (2000 - 2003) Interestingly, two models of Patrick Star were introduced in Season 2. This one has "M"s for eyebrows, like the model introduced in Season 1. It appears in Your Shoe's Untied, Squid's Day Off, and Big Pink Loser.
Patrick Star (Season 2 Version 2 & Season 3) Season 2 (2000 - 2003) & Season 3 (2001 - 2004) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it has "Z"s for eyebrows instead of "M"s. It appears in Your Shoe's Untied, Something Smells, Wormy and all the episodes after that until the last Season 3 episode Pranks a Lot.
Patrick Star (Season 4 Version 1) Season 4 (2005 - 2007) Interestingly, two models of Patrick Star were introduced in Season 4. This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features 3-D computer colouring instead of digital ink and paint. The colours are slightly duller and the facial expressions are slightly different.
Patrick Star (Season 4 Version 2 - Season 8) Season 4 (2005 - 2007) - Season 8 (2011 - 2012) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, this one features 3-D computer colouring. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one.
Patrick Star (Season 9) Season 9 (2012 - 2016) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of 3-D computer colouring. The colours are brighter like they were in Season 2 and Season 3.

Squidward Tentacles Character Models

Picture: Model: Information:
Squidward Tentacles (Pilot) Pilot (1997 - 1999) Squidward Tentacles' character model from the Season 1 pilot episode Help Wanted. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation. His complexion is also paler than in the newer episodes.
Squidward Tentacles (Season 1) Season 1 (1999 - 2000) Squidward Tentacles' character model from Season 1. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation. The next season on-wards began the newer process of digital ink and paint.
Squidward Tentacles (Season 2 - Season 3) Season 2 (2000 - 2003) & Season 3 (2001 - 2004) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of traditional cel animation.
Squidward Tentacles (Season 4 - 8) Season 4 (2005 - 2007) - Season 8 (2011 - 2012) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features 3-D computer colouring, instead of digital ink and paint. The colours are slightly duller and the facial expressions are slightly different. Squidward is also now turquoise instead of cyan.
Squidward Tentacles (Season 9) Season 9 (2012 - 2016) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of 3-D computer colouring. The colours are brighter like they were in Season 2 and Season 3.

Eugene Krabs Character Models

Picture: Model: Information:
Eugene Krabs (Pilot) Pilot (1997 - 1999) Eugene Krabs' character model from the Season 1 pilot episode Help Wanted. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation. His eyelids are bright pink as opposed to red like in the newer episodes. However this difference is not visible in this particular snapshot.
Eugene Krabs (Season 1) Season 1 (1999 - 2000) Eugene Krabs' character model from Season 1. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation. The next season on-wards began the newer process of digital ink and paint.
Eugene Krabs (Season 2 - Season 3) Season 2 (2000 - 2003) & Season 3 (2001 - 2004) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of traditional cel animation.
Eugene Krabs (Season 4 Version 1) Season 4 (2005 - 2007) Interestingly, two models of Eugene Krabs were introduced in Season 4. This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features 3-D computer colouring instead of digital ink and paint. The colours are slightly lighter and the facial expressions are slightly different. The shell is a pinkish orange red instead of bright red like in the first three seasons.
Eugene Krabs (Season 4 Version 2) Season 4 (2005 - 2007) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, this one features 3-D computer colouring. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one, except the facial expressions seem to have changed again, becoming more like how they were in Season 2 and Season 3.
Eugene Krabs (Season 5 - 8) Season 5 (2007 - 2009) - Season 8 (2011 - 2012) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, this one features 3-D computer colouring. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one.
Eugene Krabs (Season 9) Season 9 (2012 - 2016) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of 3-D computer colouring. The colours are brighter like they were in Season 2 and Season 3. The shell is a bright red instead of a pinkish orange red like in the previous five seasons.

Sandra Cheeks Character Models

Picture: Model: Information:
Sandra Cheeks (Season 1) Season 1 (1999 - 2000) Sandy's character model from Season 1. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation. The next season on-wards began the newer process of digital ink and paint. This model is quite different from the later versions, as the tail is not visible when her water suit is on. Also Sandy has three dots on her crest instead of an acorn.
Sandra Cheeks (Season 2 - Season 3) Season 2 (2000 - 2003) - Season 3 (2001 - 2004) This one is similar to the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of traditional cel animation. Sandy's tail can now be seen when her water suit is on, and she has an acorn on her crest instead of three dots. Her fur is a little bit lighter, and her cheeks are a little bit chubbier. Sandy, is arguably the character that has undergone the most significant changes since season 1.
Sandra Cheeks (Season 4 - Season 5) Season 4 (2005 - 2007) - Season 5 (2007 - 2009) Interestingly, two models of Sandy Cheeks were introduced in Season 5. This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features 3-D computer colouring, instead of digital ink and paint. The colours are slightly duller and the facial expressions are slightly different.
Sandra Cheeks (Season 5) Season 5 (2007 - 2009) Interestingly, two models of Sandy Cheeks were introduced in Season 5. This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, it features 3-D computer colouring, instead of digital ink and paint. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one, except that this model has a thicker, mostly black underline, larger eyes, larger ears, and a larger head, compared to the helmet. This model is the version that appeared in the episode Waiting.
Sandra Cheeks (Season 6) Season 6 (2008 - 2010) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, it features 3-D computer colouring, instead of digital ink and paint. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one, except that this model has a thinner multi-coloured outline, and a smaller head, compared to the helmet.
Sandra Cheeks (Season 7 - 8) Season 7 (2009 - 2011) - Season 8 (2011 - 2012) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, it features 3-D computer colouring, instead of digital ink and paint. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one.
Sandra Cheeks (Season 9) Season 9 (2012 - 2016) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of 3-D computer colouring. The colours are brighter like they were in Season 2 and Season 3.

Sheldon Plankton Character Models

Picture: Model: Information:
Sheldon J. Plankton (Season 1) Season 1 (1999 - 2000) Plankton's character model from Season 1. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation. The next season on-wards began the newer process of digital ink and paint. In the episode Plankton!, his intergluteal cleft is visible. This feature was removed in all his subsequent appearances.
Sheldon J. Plankton (Season 2) Season 2 (2000 - 2003) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of traditional cel animation.
Sheldon J. Plankton (Season 3) Season 3 (2001 - 2004) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, it features digital ink and paint, instead of traditional cel animation.
Sheldon J. Plankton (Season 4 - 8) Season 4 (2005 - 2007) - Season 8 (2011 - 2012) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features 3-D computer colouring, instead of digital ink and paint. The colours are slightly duller and the facial expressions are slightly different.
Sheldon J. Plankton (Season 9) Season 9 (2012 - 2016) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of 3-D computer colouring. The colours are brighter like they were in Season 2 and Season 3.

Gerald Wilson Jr. Character Models

Picture: Model: Information:
Gerald Wilson Jr. (Pilot) Pilot (1997 - 1999) Gary's character model from the Season 1 pilot episode Help Wanted. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation. His eye pupils are red dots and his irises are smaller than in the newer episodes, and he lacks eyelashes.
Gerald Wilson Jr. (Season 1) Season 1 (1999 - 2000) Gary's character model from Season 1. Like all season 1 models, this one features traditional cel animation. The next season on-wards began the newer process of digital ink and paint. His eyes are now red with black pupils, instead of just having red pupils. The irises are larger now, and he has eyelashes.
Gerald Wilson Jr. (Season 2) Season 2 (2000 - 2003) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of traditional cel animation.
Gerald Wilson Jr. (Season 3) Season 3 (2001 - 2004) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, it features digital ink and paint, instead of traditional cel animation. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one.
Gerald Wilson Jr. (Season 4) Season 4 (2005 - 2007) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features 3-D computer colouring, instead of digital ink and paint. The colours are slightly duller and the facial expressions are slightly different.
Gerald Wilson Jr. (Season 5 - Season 8) Season 5 (2007 - 2009) - Season 8 (2011 - 2012) This one greatly resembles the previous one, and like it's predecessor, this one features 3-D computer colouring. Visually there isn't much of a change between this model and the previous one.
Gerald Wilson Jr. (Season 9) Season 9 (2012 - 2016) This one greatly resembles the previous one, but it features digital ink and paint, instead of 3-D computer colouring. The colours are brighter like they were in Season 2 and Season 3.

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