Cue Evil Patrick: A SpongeBob Meme Edition of Monopoly Exists

updated Apr 4, 2021
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From Mocking SpongeBob to Evil Patrick, “SpongeBob SquarePants” memes have become a cultural staple on the internet. The nostalgia, coupled with the web’s affinity for the absurd, has given SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and co. new life on a platform that came along decades after the animated series’ premiere on Nickelodeon back in 1999. The delightful memes have taken over just about every corner of the internet — and now, they will take over another nostalgic platform: Monopoly. The Op Games has released a “SpongeBob SquarePants” meme edition of Monopoly, available for $39.99. 

“You’ll need IMAGINAAATION to find a more relatable game than Monopoly SpongeBob SquarePants meme edition,” the Op’s description reads, a nod to the classic SpongeBob rainbow meme. In a hilarious internet twist, players can buy, sell, and trade the most internet-famous images of the Bikini Bottom characters — capitalizing on properties to channel Evil Patrick and making the Mocking SpongeBob face to pay rent. The six collectible tokens include a Krabby Patty (secret formula not included), Squidward’s clarinet, a jellyfish, SpongeBob’s spatula, a jellyfish net, and Mermaid Man’s belt. 

On the game board itself, the SpongeBob “Imma Head Out” meme is flanked right in the middle. Other notable memes around the board include Squidward Staring Out the Window, Handsome Squidward, “No, This is Patrick,” and Caveman SpongeBob. 

Credit: The Op
Credit: The Op

SpongeBob meme enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that Tom Kenny, the actor who voiced the titular sponge in the Nickelodeon series, is also a big fan of the memes. “I can’t think of anything else like it,” Kenny told TIME in 2019, calling the memes “very relatable but very good-natured” — “and that just makes me happy.” Kenny added of the meme-makers, “I just love that these people are really funny. They think of things that I wouldn’t think of.”