The Brief: SpongeBob SquarePants is the star of yet another meme, one where he travels the world in drag.

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There is no doubt that SpongeBob SquarePants is a meme icon. This weekend, the people of Twitter helped him embark on an international tour. By photoshopping images of SpongeBob dressed in drag in various international settings, Twitter memers created a myriad of images of Mr. SquarePants in different countries and cities with accompanying outfits and props. Most of the images of SpongeBob on his travels depict surface-level and stereotypical characteristics of each place he visits. These memes are usually captioned with clever titles for another layer of humor.

The first iteration of this meme by @DIXIENORMOUS shows SpongeBob in Paris:

https://twitter.com/DlXlENORMOUS/status/1134660933672996865

Twitter user @afadisborn compiled a thread of SpongeBob traveling the world in drag memes:

https://twitter.com/afadisborn/status/1135120734026518528

SpongeBob in London:

https://twitter.com/sobblesquad/status/1135194451620573184

SpongeBob in Mexico:

https://twitter.com/afadisborn/status/1135076946432315392

SpongeBob in South Korea:

https://twitter.com/AntiSkilled/status/1135090494663548929

SpongeBob in Italy:

https://twitter.com/CellyClarkson/status/1135164304775352322

Cleopatra SpongeBob in ancient Egypt:

https://twitter.com/deaddilf69/status/1135209287532331008

SpongeBob in Spain:

SpongeBob in the Soviet Union:

Scottish SpongeBob:

SpongeBob in Kansas:

https://twitter.com/bjorksgreatest/status/1135218730257068032

SpongeBob in Gerudo in The Legend Of Zelda:

https://twitter.com/Gohsoka/status/1135241305087401984

A small sponge in the Big Apple:

https://twitter.com/valarsmorghuIis/status/1135240120532004864

It’s a small world (of SpongeBob in drag) after all!

https://twitter.com/afadisborn/status/1135259991135248386

In addition to SpongeB0b travel memes, this trend has inspired a number of other renditions including SpongeBob as female music stars:

https://twitter.com/_anna_ou/status/1135247064789504000

https://twitter.com/heyitzkennedi/status/1135232190722301958

https://twitter.com/ChildTropico/status/1135136190024355840

https://twitter.com/popcummer/status/1135508388807188481

And, of course, the meme has evolved into numerous spinoffs that can’t quite be categorized:

https://twitter.com/sistxr_/status/1135248630812696577

https://twitter.com/dayasgem/status/1135247785639460866

https://twitter.com/abhorrentansel/status/1135127290080321537