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SpongeBob SquarePants and Sandy Cheeks had a special relationship in the long-running Nickelodeon series. Even though the two are often described as friends, fans have often wondered if any feelings of romance have blossomed between the two.

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Due to her immense scientific knowledge and earthly background, Sandy cannot fit all of the characters on the show. However, SpongeBob SquarePants are ready to understand her and empathize with her even though he can be a bit boring at times. Whatever relationship they share, Sandy has become one of SpongeBob’s best friends.


They first met when Sandy was fighting a clam

Sandy lifting a clam with SpongeBob hanging on the clam's tongue

Sandy made her debut in 1999 with the Season 1 episode “Tea at the Treedome” when SpongeBob finds her fighting a clam. Instantly befriending, the couple hang out in Sandy’s dome-shaped tree house. SpongeBob does not know that the Texan squirrel is a land animal and that its house is devoid of any water.

The sponge runs out of steam and shrivels until Sandy gives him water helmets to breathe in the dome. The episode, in general, doesn’t have much of a story, but it’s important to introduce Sandy. Only diehard fans will remember this classic Sponge Bob SquarePants episode which was also the first regular episode of the series (the pilot having been produced in 1997 but broadcast in 1999).

Hang out at Goo Lagoon

Of the many places the two friends hang out, Goo Lagoon seems to be one of the more popular choices. The brine pool serves as the densely populated beach at Bikini Bottom. In episodes like “Ripped Pants,” SpongeBob SquarePants also try to appear stronger to impress Sandy, only to find that his friend loves him the way he is.

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Besides just visiting this tourist spot, the two also indulge in a wide variety of sports. This includes playing badminton, building sandcastles and an anchor throwing competition. The latter’s goal is to throw anchors at great distances with Sandy casting her anchor farthest.

Subject of many fanfics

Fanart of Spandy (SpongeBob and Sandy's darling) in different poses

Although SpongeBob SquarePants and Sandy Cheeks never seem to have a romantic relationship, some fans insist on constantly sending them together.

Therefore, it would not be surprising that some fans have actively written fanfiction works around “Spandy” (the name of the ship for SpongeBob and Sandy) on platforms such as Wattpad and FanFiction. If that wasn’t enough, some fans even illustrated what the couple’s loving child (renaming them Spandy) would look like.

A satirical marriage

Sandy and SpongeBob get married

In what appears to be a satirical stunt against the fans who send SpongeBob and Sandy, a random scene from the season 6 episode “Truth or Square” features the characters in a wedding storyline. A fish officiates the marriage by pronouncing them “sponge and squirrel”.

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But when it comes to kissing the bride, SpongeBob and Sandy get nervous and don’t end up doing it. From audience reactions it is clear that this marriage was not real and was actually part of the play. The awkwardness between the two, even in a play, reveals how the two friends can’t just be forced to fall in love with each other.

A secret Valentine’s Day

SpongeBob SquarePants with Heart on Back on SpongeBob SquarePants Valentine's Day Blanket

2004 children’s book SpongeBob’s Secret Valentine’s Day takes place around Valentine’s Day as SpongeBob SquarePants plans to make a “Valentine’s Heart” for Sandy. SpongeBob’s best friend Patrick Star warns him, however, that the move could ruin his friendship with Sandy and the others. In the end, it turns out that Sandy has a similar heart but for her mother. She still accepts SpongeBob’s heart and the two engage in a karate match just like their usual friendly ways.

This book is important because it explores the platonic and non-romantic aspects of a party like Valentine’s Day. Whether SpongeBob actually had romantic feelings for Sandy in this story is open to interpretation. However, what is clear is that the two will continue to be good friends no matter how much their relationship grows.

Sandy was supposed to be SpongeBob’s love interest

Sandy and SpongeBob in Pre-Hibernation Week Episode

Back in 2016, Spongebob writer, director and screenwriter Vincent Waller asserted in a series of tweets about how Sandy was meant to be SpongeBob’s love interest. He added that trying out a romantic episode between Sandy and SpongeBob SquarePants was a strict “no” for series creator Stephen Hillenburg.

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When a fan asked if he would still use the idea for a test, Waller responded by saying, “Well, Sandy’s introduction was just that. But it didn’t fit organically, for them to be romantically involved.

SpongeBob Hints at His Love in Sponge On The Run Game

SpongeBob and Sandy hug and look at each other with love

SpongeBob SquarePants 2020 movie Leaking sponge shed light on the first time Sandy and SpongeBob SquarePants met as kids at summer camp. The film also received a video game adaptation of the same name for Android and Apple devices.

Interestingly, whenever SpongeBob SquarePants lose life in this game, he utters the phrase “Tell Sandy … I love her”. This disturbing dialogue once again opens up the possibility of the romance that could exist between the sponge and the squirrel. The mystery behind their true relationship continues to this day.

The asexuality of SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob holding an ice cream while Sandy angrily stares at him

While it’s only natural that SpongeBob and Sandy are just friends, one of the reasons they don’t share a romantic relationship could be SpongeBob’s suggested asexuality (at least in the early seasons). . In 2020, when Nickelodeon shared a Pride Month tweet and announced SpongeBob SquarePants as an LGBTQIA + ally, there was a lot of buzz about his sexuality.

While his identity is still open to interpretation, showrunner Stephen Hillenburg Recount People that he considered it “a bit asexual”, much like real life sponges in marine environments. If this is true, it could reveal why SpongeBob SquarePants might not want to continue his bond with Sandy beyond a friendship.

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