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Karate Island is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, SpongeBob becomes "the king of karate" and travels to Karate Island with Sandy.

Karate Island



In the beginning of the episode, SpongeBob is waxing Gary, when the local mailman shows up at SpongeBob's house, and he hands him a videotape delivery. SpongeBob plays the tape on his TV, which states that he has been crowned "King of Karate," and tells him to attend to Karate Island to be crowned.

SpongeBob is about to leave when he encounters Sandy, to whom he happily explains that he is the King of Karate. Sandy is suspicious of this, so she accompanies SpongeBob on the boat ride. The boat stops at Karate Island, where the guru, Master Udon, greets SpongeBob but ignores Sandy. SpongeBob, to prove his Karate skills, asks to fight Master Udon's best guards. Three guards arrive, and when they fight SpongeBob, they pretend to get hurt and soon pretend to be defeated. Sandy notices this, adding to her suspicion. SpongeBob is officially crowned "King of Karate," and he sits on his throne and requests Sandy to sit beside him in a lounge chair. Sandy tries to warn SpongeBob, but then leaves when SpongeBob becomes arrogantly proud and accuses her of being jealous of him. After she leaves, SpongeBob is suddenly locked into his throne. she then hears SpongeBob's cries for help, and goes back to save him and her usual suit turns into a jumpsuit.

Sandy fights through Master Udon's Tower, fighting an opponent on each floor with an unusual "power" (there are three floors that Sandy has to get through and for all of them, she had to avoid being tickled, kissed, and smelling the filth of Udon's minions by using jelly filled donuts, hair dryer and fresh air dome in her helmet) until she crashes through the top floor's entry way; the trapdoor where SpongeBob is being held hostage by Master Udon. Udon reveals that the King of Karate thing is just a scam, and he is actually a real estate agent, the island is truly Condo Island, there is no such thing as Karate Island (if there was he'd be a millionaire), and he will not let SpongeBob go until he agrees to buy a time-share condo on the island, while also increasing his equity. SpongeBob shouts in horror and Sandy attempts to fight Udon, but he drops a sturdy bamboo cage on her, which she quickly breaks out of with meditation, strange hand movements, and weird muttering. Master Udon rips off his robes to expose his speedo while Sandy rips off her jumpsuit to expose her bikini and after a brief muscle growth in their swimsuits (Udon's extra muscles were in his eyebrows, and Sandy's were in her tail) they begin fighting by charging at each other but they miss and Sandy defeats Udon by kicking him out of the room into the water below and she frees SpongeBob.

As they leave the island, SpongeBob apologizes to Sandy for acting like a jerk to her, and he thanks her for saving him from buying a condo, for which she forgives him and tells him that's what friends are for. SpongeBob then asks if he's not the king of karate after all, but Sandy tells him that he is in her book. Then she explains to him about real estate as the boat leaves shore. The episode ends with Squidward arriving on "Clarinet Island" to be crowned "King of Clarinets," and him being looked down upon by Master Udon, as the episode ends.

The episode originally ended with a dedication to Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (1932–2005), also known as Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid series, who voiced Master Udon in this episode and died on November 242005. The online version still has his dedication.


  • This episode was voted number 1 in the best on the Best Day Ever Marathon.
  • The title card background is similar to those of "Nature Pants," "MuscleBob BuffPants," "Scaredy Pants," "Karate Choppers," "Texas," "Your Shoe's Untied," "Bossy Boots," "I'm with Stupid," "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve," "The Lost Mattress," and "Good Neighbors," though this one is green.
  • This episode is dedicated to Pat Morita (voice of Master Udon) who died on November 24, 2005 due to kidney failure.
  • The painting of a boat inside Gary's shell is a replica of the painting over The Simpsons' family couch.
  • 42nd time Patrick doesn't appear.
  • Udon is named after a Japanese/Korean noodle soup. Ironically, When Sandy defeats Master Udon, she says "You're in the soup now, Udon!".
  • In Germany, this episode is called "Der König des Karate" (The King of Karate).
  • When Sandy throws jelly filled donuts at The Tickler , the first shot of the plate shows that there are barely any left, but the second shot shows the plate full of donuts again.
  • The Tickler's mouth full of jelly filled donuts that Sandy used to attack is similar to Patrick's mouth full of snowballs that SpongeBob used in "Snowball Effect".
  • In the scene where Sandy fights the enemies on each floor, the dialogue is dubbed, similar to old style Kung-Fu films.
  • Sandy's helmet protects Sandy from Filthy Phil's body odor, but in other episodes, Sandy's helmet doesn't protect Sandy from any smell at all.
  • The scene in which Master Udon falls through the wall and lands in the water is a redo of the last scene of Game of Death, where through an aerial view, the villain is seen falling down to the streets, after being kicked off a balcony by Bruce Lee.
  • This episode contains many references to films Game of Death and Kill Bill: Sandy's yellow jumpsuit is a reference to the jumpsuit that both Bruce Lee and Uma Thurman wore in their respective films. Also, the concept of fighting an opponent on each floor is also present in both of these films.
  • When Lip Service says "Dance, Squirrel, dance", it is a possible parody of The Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons where Natasha Fatale says "squirrel" in the same accent.
  • This is the eighth episode where its title card is being animated, the seventh being "Ghost Host".
  • This is the second time Sandy Cheeks wears her bikini in public while wearing her air helmet the first was "Procrastination".
  • When Sandy kicks Master Udon in the face, she has five toes, but she usually has 3.
  • This is the first episode to have sound effects on title cards.
  • When Lip Service's lips break, her teeth are still shown in her mouth.
  • The first few airings of the episode said Pat Morita (1932–2005) with a picture of him Later, Nickelodeon took this off.
  • None of the four stages of doom use Karate except when Sandy fights Master Udon.
  • This episode reveals that Sandy is ticklish.
  • Udon said there Four Floors of Fear, but Sandy only went through three. Udon's floor possibly counts as one.


Original Music

  • Steel Sting - "Oh, brother." {Jeremy Wakefield}
  • Vibe Sting - Sandy & Udon look around. {Nicolas Carr}

APM Music