Hans is a character who appears in the  theme song of SpongeBob SquarePants and some episodes. However, in the " It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" theme song, Hans is replaced with Santa Claus' hand. He is a human hand. His name is a play on the word "hands."
Hans is a pinkish white hand, with the fingers folded together. His sleeve can be presumed as part of a naval jacket (which would make sense, considering the theme of the show). He has a German accent.
In the theme song of the show, he can be seen briefly, handing
SpongeBob his pants.
This episode marks Hans' first role in the series. He appears in cutscenes, where he uses SpongeBob and
Patrick as cleaning tools. He uses SpongeBob to clean to cure him of his sickness, and he uses Patrick to clean as punishment for impersonating a doctor.
SpongeBob realizes how he chose the wrong
Mr. Krabs, and goes out to retrieve the real one, which he had covered with tartar sauce and served with fries. However, upon exiting the Krusty Krab to retrieve him, he sees that Hans is trying to eat him with a fork. Mr. Krabs keeps him at bay with a fry until SpongeBob grabs the cart and wheels him in, with Hans disappearing into the sky.
Hans appears in the live-action
Patchy segment where Hans rings a bell three times to signify to Patchy that its time for him to open fan mail.
When newscaster Johnny sheds a tear, Hans appears with a tissue to wipe it away.
At the start of "
Underwater Sun," Hans takes off like a rocket and lands in the ocean, next to SpongeBob's house.
Mr. Krabs, during his breakdown, sucks on Hans' thumb to ease his emotional pain.
Hans is the hand that can be seen in the
New Sponge commercial. He uses SpongeBob to scrub dirty surfaces. However, SpongeBob resists Hans when he wants to clean the grotesque toilet with him.
Later, when SpongeBob goes to work at the Krusty Krab again, Hans can be seen using the bathroom there.
He appears in SpongeBob's daydreams of him living in a
banana, a hot pepper, and a chicken parmesan hero house with parodies of the show's theme song playing in each daydream.
He appears in archive footage from the episode "
Truth or Square."
He hypnotizes SpongeBob to cure him of biting his nails.
He helps SpongeBob and Plankton to stop the Chum Bucket glove from destroying Bikini Bottom.
Hans is seen in the end of the intro for the game.
Hans is seen Putting SpongeBob at the start of any level.
He catches SpongeBob,
Sandy, and Patrick if they ever try to cross the dotted red line or fall into an abyss. He is also seen in the GBA Version but as a rocket to get SpongeBob across.
Whenever SpongeBob or Patrick fall or drift off course, or fail to make it to a checkpoint or area on time when riding in a vehicle, Hans catches them and they respawn back on course to retry.
He is seen in the minigame "Magic Treasure Ride," trying to block
Mr. Krabs from getting money.
Hans is seen taking the player's character away whenever the player makes it to the end of a stage.
Hans is seen in the mini-game "Buns-a-Blazin," where he is seen taking the ingredients for the
Hans can be seen giving the player an ice cube to throw at SpongeBob and
Hans appears to squish Plankton throughout the game.
Hans appears to give SpongeBob a wedgie.
He does the same as in the original Battle for Bikini Bottom
In many translations of "Hans" throughout the show's history, his name remains the same. This, however, means Hans' name does not pun on anything in the translations.
In the Croatian dub, Hans' name is "Rukavina," which is a common Croatian surname, translating to "HANDvina."
While he is usually a live-action character, the episode "Handemonium" has him animated for a few scenes, marking his first animated appearance in the series.