In Sinister Squidward, Rodger Bumpass voices Squidward Q. Tentacles. Squidward was designed by marine researcher and animator Stephen Hillenburg. The May 1, 1999 pilot episode "Help Wanted" introduced him on television.
Squidward, an anthropomorphic octopus, has six tentacles and the moniker "squid". The moai between SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star's residences is his home. Short-tempered, irritable, arrogant, condescending, and bitter. He's misanthropic and hates his two neighbors' frequent interference. The couple don't know Squidward dislikes them and consider him a buddy. Squidward Q. Tentacles is voiced by Rodger Bumpass in SpongeBob SquarePants. Marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg created Squidward. He made his TV debut in the "Help Wanted" pilot on May 1, 1999.
Despite having only six tentacles, Squidward is an anthropomorphic octopus. The impatient, irritated, haughty, angry, and misanthropic character hates his two neighbors' disruptive behavior. They incorrectly think Squidward is a friend and are unaware of his anger toward them.
Squidward dislikes his Krusty Krab cashier job.
Fan response has been favourable for the character. Squidward appears in many SpongeBob SquarePants books, toys, and accessories. He appears in SpongeBob SquarePants (2004), Sponge Out of Water (2015), and Sponge on the Run (2020).
Critics and fans like Squidward. Tom Kenny, SpongeBob voice actor, says Squidward is his favorite. He said:
"He's envious and confused by SpongeBob and Patrick's playing abilities. He doesn't believe in it, so he fails at participating." Staff writer Casey Alexander said, "I identify with Squidward. He is hyperbolically the most human. I think I'd react like Squidward to a SpongeBob-type person.
American artist Pharrell Williams said he likes the show:
But Squidward is my favorite. I would hang out with him if human."
Squidward appears in SpongeBob SquarePants board games, books, plush toys, and trading cards. Along with the television series, Squidward features in SpongeBob Comics (first released in February 2011), multiple SpongeBob SquarePants video games, and theme parks and parades (including Sea World and Universal's Superstar Parade). The first SpongeBob SquarePants movie, released on November 19, 2004, starred Squidward and grossed over US$140 million worldwide. The sequel, released in theaters on February 6, 2015, stars him.