Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Match point, SpongeBob.
— Incidental 17, "Snail Mail"

Incidental 17[1] is a fish who first appears in the episode "Ripped Pants." He is classified as an "inbetween" type incidental.


He is a light orange fish with dark orange fins and legs with thin black feet. He wears a black and white horizontal-striped swim suit and a light green hat with a black stripe.

Role in series

Incidental 17 as a referee.

Incidental 17 is an occasionally used incidental. He usually appears as a non-speaking character in crowds with other incidentals. He has had only one speaking role in the series so far. He was firstly designed to be a beachgoer.

Major roles

"Ripped Pants"

He is part of the audience that constantly cheers for Larry the Lobster and Sandy's weightlifting in many shots.

"A Flea in Her Dome"

He gets sucked into Sandy's treedome with Incidental 14 and Incidental 15.

"Gullible Pants"

Mr. Krabs considers putting him in charge of the Krusty Krab while he is away but quickly declines it afterwards.

"The Cent of Money"

Mr. Krabs watches him plunge his fin into his bucket of coins at the Fun Arcade.

"The Good Krabby Name"

He is part of the 2% of the Bikini Bottom population who has not eaten at the Krusty Krab.

"Snail Mail"

He appears as a referee in a tennis match between Incidental 48 and Incidental 47. However, the plane that SpongeBob was flying takes him, Incidental 48, and the court on top of the plane. SpongeBob then beats Incidental 48 at the game of tennis and Incidental 17 says that SpongeBob got the match point. Incidental 17 and Incidental 48 then later fall of the plane but are luckily caught by Sandy and two firemen.

"Whirly Brains"

He and Incidental 14 appear at a café sitting at different tables. SpongeBob and Patrick use their Whirly Brains to switch their tea and water. They both drink the switched drinks at the same time and spit them out in shock.

"Call the Cops"

He angrily leaves the Krusty Krab when SpongeBob yells out the Krabby Patties will taste like chum. Mr. Krabs tries to drag him back in by grabbing the back of his shirt but he managed to exit the restaurant.


  • He is the only incidental character on the original incidental model sheet to be surrounded by a light blue background, while all the others are surrounded by a white background.[2]


  1. ^ Incidental Model Sheet 1
  2. ^ Incidental Model Sheet 1