With so much chaotic nonsense and colorful claptrap going on in Bikini Bottom, it's hard to tell what's happening on SpongeBob SquarePants, especially in the ocean's more desolate region: Rock Bottom. The city of Rock Bottom is dark and mysterious. It lies off of the edge of an abysmal cliff and deep in the depths of the sea, a disorienting and dissonant place for the surface-skirting aquatic creatures that accidentally end up there.
SpongeBob and Patrick happen to stumble into Rock Bottom after taking the wrong bus home from the ridiculous glove-themed amusement park, Glove World!, and find themselves dazed and confused in a city where everything is dark and they can't understand anyone or anything. While Patrick ends up snagging a bus back home, SpongeBob gets stuck without a bus ticket home to Bikini Bottom. With an entire episode dedicated to its existence, it has become a cult classic for those familiar with SpongeBob's weird world, stirring fan theories about SpongeBob's Rock Bottom as well as a few creepy, internet-circulated fan tales.
With such limited information on Rock Bottom, it's up to fans to determine what this elusive city and its citizens represent.
Rock Bottom Is An Allegory For The American Immigrant Experience
It Represents Culture Shock And Fear Of The Unknown
Bikini Bottom And Its Citizens Are The Results Of A Nuclear Detonation, But Rock Bottom Was Left Un-Mutated
Rock Bottom Is Stuck In A Time Loop
It Predicted The 2016 Debate Surrounding Public Bathrooms
SpongeBob's Visit To Rock Bottom Is Similiar To Stephen King's 1980 Short Story 'Crouch End'