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Betsy "Mama"[1] Krabs[2] (possibly née Quaterkrab) is the wife of Victor Krabs, the mother of Eugene H. Krabs, and the paternal grandmother of Pearl Krabs and a maternal grandmother of her son's nephews.

She appears in five episodes, usually playing a small cameo role. She was voiced by Paul Tibbitt in her first two appearances and by Sirena Irwin in "Enemy In-Law," "Friend or Foe," and "Spongicus." The episode "Enemy In-Law" is her only major role in the series. She has not made a physical appearance since her brief cameo in "Spongicus," but was imagined in a dream sequence in "Lame and Fortune."


In the same manner, by which most octopuses on the show are modeled after Squidward, Mama Krabs is very similar to her son in terms of appearance. She has wrinkly light red skin, wears a purple dress (she sported a blue one in "Mid-Life Crustacean") and large blue glasses, and has a small patch of fluffy white hair.

In "Sailor Mouth," she has a slightly male voice.

In "Enemy In-Law," Mrs. Krabs is also known not to be greedy, like her son, for when Mr. Krabs greets her, he usually asks her how much money she wants.


Betsy Krabs was born to unknown parents. She possibly had a brother named Alan.

At some point, she married Victor Krabs.

The two had two children, Eugene Harold Krabs, who was born on November 30, 1942, and an unnamed daughter, born either before or after Eugene's birth.

At some point, her father-in-law took custody of her son while he was infant. Though by the events of "Friend or Foe", Eugene is seen living with her again. Victor was not seen and presumably divorced Betsy between 1947, since he appears alive in “Senior Discount”. It can be guessed that he took their daughter with him if she was not an adult by that point.


  • "How did you know I wanted a hat? Have you been spying on me?" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "Well, I did see the prettiest hat in town today?" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "I think you scallywags have earned a glass of lemonade. Ag-gah-gah-gah!" —"Sailor Mouth"
  • "If you're going to talk like sailors, then you're going to work like sailors!" —"Sailor Mouth"
  • "Boring! I want to see some body parts!" —"Spongicus"
  • "[to Plankton] The formula?! Is that what this is all about?!" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "[after being scolded by Mr. Krabs] What? It's Old Man Jenkins in his jalopy." —"Sailor Mouth"
  • "[to her son] Eugene, you put me boyfriend down this instant!" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "Come, Plankton, I'm sorry me son has to spoil our romantic evening." —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "Go to your room, Mister! You're grounded for the rest of the night!" —"Mid-Life Crustacean"
  • "Well, how about the Krusty Krab? Tonight at 8:00?" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "Isn't it nice, Eugene? It's just the one I wanted?" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "You can take this one back to the trash heap?" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "Thank ye for your concern for my finances, but me new boyfriend bought me this hat?" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "I don't know. I'm meeting him here, tonight?" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "Eugene! What did I tell ye about interferin' in me life?" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "For your information, Eugene, he hasn't asked me once about the formula. I doubt that he even knows that I know it!" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "I forbid ye to interfere in me private business. Go to your office, now!" —"Enemy In-Law"
  • "There you go, son. Your outfit's all finished. It's a good thing Old Man Jenkins was kind enough to spare his last washcloth." —"Friend or Foe"


  • In "Stanley S. SquarePants," in a scene, three nephews of Mr. Krabs are shown, who are a parody of Disney's Huey, Dewey, and Louie. This would imply that Betsy Krabs has another son or daughter.
  • In "Enemy In-Law," Plankton falls in love with her due to her grandmotherly appearance.
  • Mama Krabs has a laugh strikingly similar to Popeye the Sailor Man.
  • In the episodes "Sailor Mouth" and "Mid-Life Crustacean" Betsy's voice sounds like an old woman version of Mr. Krabs (while played by Tibbitt), while in the episode "Enemy In-Law," "Spongicus," Friend or Foe," etc. she has a younger Scottish voice (while portrayed by Irwin).
  • It is shown in the episode "Enemy In-Law" she has large muscles after she learns that Plankton tricked her to get the Krabby Patty secret formula.
  • She has a different appearance in the book Mother Knows Best. She wears a pink dress, lipstick, and no glasses, and looks about the same age as her son.
  • She wants to see SpongeBob and Patrick get mauled by the lionfish in "Spongicus." She even states that she "wants to see some body parts!" This shows she likes violence.
  • In "Enemy In-Law," at the end, she falls in love with Plankton's giant robot, but it is unknown if they got in a relationship.
  • In SpongeBob Comics No. 63, a topiary reveals that Betsy Krabs helped her son Mr. Krabs to raise Pearl.
  • Unlike her son, granddaughter, and father-in-law, she doesn't seem to have much desire for money, rather innocently asking her son only to be turned down.


  1. ^ "Sailor Mouth." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. September 21, 2001. Television.
  2. ^ Mother of Eugene H. Krabs and his unnamed sister
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