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Don't you dare take the name of Texas in vain!
~ Sandy.
Hold on there, little square dude!
~ Sandy saving SpongeBob.

Sandra Jennifer "Sandy" Cheeks is one of the main characters in the Nickelodeon TV show, SpongeBob SquarePants. She is an anthropomorphic squirrel who is one of SpongeBob's best friends. Sandy is notable for her Texan characteristics, stereotypical accent and passion for science.

She is a minor character in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and a supporting character in The SpongeBob Movie: Out of Water. She returns in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run. and Kamp Koral: Spongebob's Under Years.

She is voiced by Carolyn Lawrence, who also voices Cindy Vortex in the Jimmy Neutron series.

Description

Sandy comes from the state of Texas, she was actually born in Houston, Texas but she exhibits many characteristics of a stereotypical cowgirl character by going to every city in Texas. She speaks with a heavy southern accent, and uses typical southern slang words and phrases. She is very fond of her homeland and its culture, as most notably seen in the episode "Texas", in which she grows homesick for it and considers leaving Bikini Bottom to return to Texas. In that same episode, she takes great offense at SpongeBob and Patrick's negative remarks about Texas, and violently attacks them when they continue to insult it.

Sandy is one of the most intelligent and level-headed characters on the show. She is a multi-talented scientist and inventor, and originally came to Bikini Bottom to study sea creatures and their lifestyles. In Chimps Ahoy, it is revealed that she is employed by a trio of chimpanzees from the surface, named Dr. Marmalade, Lord Reginald and Professor Percy. As an inventor, Sandy is capable of creating extremely advanced devices with ease. Her inventions include a manned space ship, a teleporter, a submarine that can shrink to microscopic size and go inside a person's body (Squidward the octopus'), and even a cloning device.

Sandy is also very athletic and physically fit. She and SpongeBob share a favorite pastime of Karate, and frequently fight each other for fun. The karate they use appears to be stylized to fit that of "play karate", as they both mainly fight with chops and kicks in a cartoonish manner, including one moment where she tried to burn Spongebob’s tongue with Volcano Sauce. There also appears to be other forms of fighting in the series, most notably in Karate Island, where three other fish demonstrate unique fighting styles, (which looks more like stylized versions of Kung Fu rather than Karate).

Sandy also enjoys extreme sports and thrill-seeking, which SpongeBob also joins her in on occasion, most notably in Pre-Hibernation Week. Sandy possesses immense strength, and is one of the strongest creatures in Bikini Bottom. She is often seen at Mussel Beach lifting weights with Larry the Lobster, of whom she is a good friend, and other muscular fish. In MuscleBob BuffPants, Sandy shows SpongeBob her immense biceps and intense daily exercise routine. In that same episodes, she wins the eighth annual Goo Lagoon anchor toss competition, tossing an enormous anchor 510 yards.

Character

While generally friendly and positive, Sandy is prone to mood swings and can be vicious when angered, most notably in Texas. In Pre-Hibernation Week, when she believes SpongeBob has gone missing, Sandy forces everyone in Bikini Bottom to help look for him, sending them to dangerous places such as Sulphur fields, poison sea urchin coves, and leech farms. When SpongeBob fails to surface, she grows agitated and starts literally overturning buildings in her efforts to find him. In Survival of the Idiots, Sandy is shown during her hibernation as an obese, monstrous version of herself (prior to going into hibernation, animals must have tremendous amounts of body fat and energy reserves in order to survive the winter). SpongeBob and Patrick enter her snow-filled treedome and disturb her sleep, and the semi-conscious Sandy viciously attacks them, believing them to be "Dirty Dan" and "Pinhead Larry", two outlaws from her dreams.

She has also been shown to have a strong competitive streak and a high opinion of herself: in Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm, she completely ignores SpongeBob's warnings about the Alaskan Bull Worm and tells him that she is "too Texas tough", only to discover the hard way that the Bull Worm is indeed too much for her to handle; in Pressure, she continuously brags that land creatures are better than sea creatures and nearly drowns herself in an attempt to "prove" it.

Appearance

Sandy is most commonly seen wearing her suit when she is outside her tree dome. The suit is white with a yellow patch that has an acorn on it. The suit comes with a big glass dome (but it doesn't have an oxygen tank) with a pink flower attached. When Sandy appears inside the tree dome, she wears a purple bikini top and a purple and green skirt like bottom.

As the Rodent, her appearance is more reminiscent of an actual squirrel, albeit being roughly the size of a horse.

Personality

Sandy is usually kind and caring for SpongeBob SquarePants and is known to help him out when he's feeling lost as seen in newer episodes, such as "Lost in Bikini Bottom." However, in older episodes, she is shown to be much crazier. For example in "Prehibernation Week," she is shown to be crazier than ever when she forces SpongeBob to play rather dangerous action games, thus leaving SpongeBob to run away. She then forced all Bikini Bottomites to search nonstop for days on end looking for him, to the point when they all ran and hid from her just like SpongeBob. Sandy takes full pride in her Texas heritage and shown with her Texan accent. She had a lot of experience there and won't stand any insults or nonsense from anyone who insults it, as shown in "Texas," where she cried several times throughout the episode because she missed her old homeland. SpongeBob and Patrick then made fun of Texas. She was offended by SpongeBob and Patrick mocking Texas, and thus she chased both of them down and brutally attacked Patrick.

She has also been shown to have a strong competitive streak and a high opinion of herself. In "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm," she completely ignores SpongeBob's warnings about the Alaskan Bull Worm and tells him that she is "too Texas tough," only to discover the hard way that the Bull Worm is indeed too much for her to handle. In "Pressure," she continuously brags that land creatures are better than sea creatures and nearly drowns herself in an attempt to "prove" it.

In "Survival of the Idiots," Sandy is shown during her hibernation as an obese, monstrous version of herself (prior to going into hibernation, animals must have tremendous amounts of body fat and energy reserves to survive the winter). SpongeBob and Patrick enter her snow-filled treedome and disturb her sleep, and the semi-conscious Sandy viciously attacks them, believing them to be "Dirty Dan" and "Pinhead Larry," two outlaws from her dreams.

Biography

Past

She was born a twin to her brother Randy Cheeks, to Ma and Pa Cheeks in Houston, Texas, USA.

Sandy's mother once told her to "Karate them with kindness."

When she was learning to drive, she took a driving course called, "Driving You Nuts!"

When she was an adult, she joined a company called Treedome Enterprises. This company sent her down to Bikini Bottom to study the under sea life.

In Bikini Bottom, she met SpongeBob SquarePants while she was fighting a clam. She also met Patrick Star the next day when he tried to save SpongeBob who was at Sandy's treedome for tea and SpongeBob was all dried up because there is no water in her treedome. She has also met many other sea creatures since she arrived at Bikini Bottom.

Habitat

Sandy lives in a huge polyurethane dome, which is known as the "Treedome." It is air-locked and contains no water, making the treedome the only place in Bikini Bottom where Sandy can survive without her suit Its floor is covered in grass, and features a large tree, which contains Sandy's living quarters. The treedome also humorously includes a giant hamster wheel, among other backyardish things. As seen in the episodes "Survival of the Idiots" and "Bubble Buddy," the dome produces snow during the winter, from which it can be assumed to simulate other weather patterns as well. As seen in the episode "Wormy," Sandy has many pets residing in her treedome, including caterpillars, snakes, crickets, mice, and birds, among others.

The company that owns this and many other treedomes is the Tree Dome Enterprises Limited. Its board of directors, a group of chimps, came for an inspection in "Chimps Ahoy." Her old habitat was back home in Texas.

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Relationships

Sandy has been one of SpongeBob's best friends. They met for the first time, when he ran down to save her after seeing Sandy wrestling a giant clam. Sandy enjoys practicing various activities with him such as karate. The nature of Sandy's relationship with SpongeBob is somewhat romantic. SpongeBob has brought her flowers on several occasions, and her official biography describes her as being "the apple of SpongeBob's eye (the only thing under the sea he likes better than his job at the Krusty Krab)". In "Tea at the Treedome" amorous music plays when SpongeBob recalls Sandy's words. SpongeBob's song in "Ripped Pants" has romantic lyrics. Many fans believe that Spongebob and Sandy have crushes on each other.

In the short, A Random Act of SpongeBob, SpongeBob leaves Sandy a letter (with a bouquet of flowers) calling her the "smartest, prettiest squirrel in all of Bikini Bottom" for "Surprise Sandy Day". In the video game Battle for Bikini Bottom, after saving Squidward from Robo-Patrick, SpongeBob and Sandy commented each other on a good job while looking flushed. A book called the SpongeBob SquarePants Survival Guide, released on November 1, 2002, has a page titled How to Survive a Secret Crush, saying that if you have a crush on someone, you have to keep it secret. SpongeBob begins to talk about him acting "perfectly natural" at the treedome, but quickly ends, saying "I've said too much!" The biggest hint was in Truth or Square, which depicted the two getting married, but only for a stage play.

Powers and Abilities

  • Karate: Of all the characters in the show who practice Karate, Sandy is the best at it; she has green gear.
  • Science: Sandy has shown to have a vast knowledge of science: several episodes feature her doing experiments, as the series progressed; she did more and more science.
    • Inventing: In several episodes such as Chimps Ahoy and What Ever Happened to SpongeBob? Sandy has created many useful inventions using her inventing skills which helpful to everyone.
  • Singing: Sandy is a very good singer.
  • Guitar: Sandy has played guitar while singing several times, also, in the episode Band Geeks she was the Lead guitarist of the band.
  • Intelligence:
  • Lasso: Sandy can throw a lasso very easily such as in Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm, and The Gift of Gum also, in video games such as Battle for Bikini Bottom she has the ability to throw her lasso to catch or even break things that are far away.
    • Lasso Gliding: In Battle for Bikini Bottom, Sandy can use her lasso to glide.
  • Math: Sandy is seen giving a math lesson to intelligent Patrick in Patrick SmartPants.
  • Strength:
  • Holding Her Breath: Sandy has been seen holding her breath for long periods of time in many episodes, however after a while; she has to find an air supply for herself.
  • Driving: Sandy is able to drive a boat with the style of a jeep, even able to climb the mountain with one.
  • Survival Skills: Sandy has shown to have good Survival Skills in To Save a Squirrel.
  • Sand Boarding: In some occasions, Sandy was shown having remarkable skills in sand boarding. In case of episode Mooncation, Sandy was "Moon-Crater Boarding."
  • Jellyfishing: Sandy is fascinated by jellyfish and had some skills in jellyfishing.
  • Invisibility: As Miss Appear, she can turn invisible where energy cloak around her costume warps light around the her body in such a fashion that surfaces behind her are visible through her body as if there's nothing between them. Though she seemingly more competent in using this power, she unfortunately not realizing the catch of her said power: Must not lowered her guard for anything that would hit her, accidental or not. This explained how her powers ended up nearly killed her because her invisibility caused a driver accidentally hit her with his/her car to the cliff.
  • Super-Squirrel Physiology: As The Rodent, her original attributes as normal squirrel are enhanced.
  • Giant Size: As The Rodent, she was noticeably larger than in her natural form.
  • Hot Sauce Tongue Torture: In Karate Choppers, Sandy took Karate to the next level by giving Spongebob a long and merciful whopping, a beating that was destined to last for a long period of time by grabbing him by the tongue, pulling it out really long, and taking out a bottle of Volcano Sauce to pour some on Spongebob’s tongue for him to taste it and feed him in a very brutal and painful way. When Spongebob surrenders, Sandy acknowledges his defeat, and drinks the bottle herself while still holding on to Spongebob’s tongue, not letting it go.

Heroic and Moral Acts

  • Saved SpongeBob from the clam and later on saved SpongeBob and Patrick from drying up in her tree dome in Tea at the Tree Dome.
  • Congratulated Gary during his performance in Culture Shock.
  • Took care of SpongeBob in Suds.
  • Introduced Christmas to Bikini Bottom in Christmas Who?, though SpongeBob helped spread it.
  • Captured Wormy in a jar after he caused a lot of mayhem in Wormy.
  • Conducted an all out search for SpongeBob when he went missing in Pre Hibernation Week.
  • Saved SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward from a group of hungry seagulls in Pressure.
  • Attempted to bust the culprit who stole the clam’s pearl in The Smoking Peanut (though not knowing it was Mr. Krabs).
  • Saved the town from the Alaskan bull worm in Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm, alongside SpongeBob.
  • Saved SpongeBob from Master Udon in Karate Island.
  • Defended Gary and taught SpongeBob a lesson for abusing him in "The Great Snail Race".

Trivia

  • Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, Jillian Bell, Zendaya, Kristen Wiig, Ellie Kemper, and Kate Micucci were all considered for the role of Sandy for the live-action film adaption to the series.
  • In the Latin American dub of the series, she is called "Arenita" which is translated to "little sand" from Spanish.
  • Sandy is one of the few main Spongebob Squarepants characters whose brain hasn't be shown on-screen in one of the show's infamous hyper-detailed close-up shots and/or invaded by at least one other character yet (whereas close-up shots and invasions of Spongebob's brain are easily one of the show's most notable running gags).
  • In the episode Scaredy Pants, Sandy dresses as a pet goldfish in a bowl for Halloween (her air helmet being the bowl).
  • Sandy was responsible for introducing Bikini Bottom to Christmas, as revealed in the episode Christmas Who?.
  • Sandy moved to Bikini Bottom from Houston, Texas, as revealed in The Essential Guide of SpongeBob.
  • In the episode Stanley S. SquarePants, an elderly Scottish relative of Sandy is shown.
  • In the episode To Save a Squirrel, Sandy is shown to have a boatmobile with the design of a Jeep.
  • Sandy cries in Ripped Pants, Texas, and What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?.
  • A package of GoGurt featuring Sandy claims she works for a company called "Tree Dome Enterprises Limited".
  • In Season 1, there are three dots on her suit instead of an acorn.
  • Sandy's voice actress, Carolyn Lawrence, also voices Cindy Vortex on another Nickelodeon television series known as The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, who, like Sandy, practices martial arts. However, Cindy practices Tae-Kwon-Do, while Sandy practices karate.
  • Sandy is called "Sandra" in Patrick SmartPants and Atlantis Squarepantis.
  • In Season 1, Sandy's tail is not visible when she is wearing her suit in comparison to later seasons.
  • Despite being established as a scientist in later episodes, Sandy is oblivious to the basic fact that sea creatures cannot survive without water in her first appearance. Although, it's may be because SpongeBob told her that he likes air not knowing that she means without water.
  • She appeared the most in Season 1.
  • In an episode of The Fairly OddParents, the King of Atlantis mentions that his species enjoys eating crabs, starfish and the "occasional underwater squirrel". As he says this, he burps a squirrel tail out of his mouth.
  • In the live-action puppet sequence in the episode Pressure, Sandy is represented by a toy puppet and appears to be naked aside from her helmet.
  • It is possible that Sandy knows the Krabby Patty formula prior to the episode, Karate Choppers, but it may be more likely they were making regular sandwiches in the park.
  • In Rodeo Daze, it's revealed that Sandy has a twin brother named Randy.
  • Sandy is incorrectly named "Sandy Squirrel" in SpongeBob's Last Stand.
  • Sandy appears in the Bikini Bottom Adventures DVD cover, but doesn't appear in the episodes.
  • Stephen Hillenburg said Sandy should come from Houston, because her suit reminded him of an astronaut.
  • Sandy's voice actress Carolyn Lawrence also voices Ashley Graham in Resident Evil 4.
  • She is one of the few characters whom Squidward does not seem to dislike, but he is still sometimes rude to her even when she is kind to him.
  • As noted by fans and suggested by writer/voice actor Doug Lawrence in the DVD commentary for the season one episode "Plankton!", main casts of SpongeBob SquarePants were intended to represent Seven Deadly Sins. In Sandy' case, he represented Pride, as her confidence over her skills got her over her head at times as shown in "Pressure" and "Sandy, SpongeBob, and Worm".

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