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Mrs. Puff is one of the show's ten main characters. She was first created in 1997, after the pilot was finished. Nickelodeon executives told Stephen Hillenburg that they would only greenlight the show if SpongeBob was a child who went to school, with his teacher as a main character.[1] Hillenburg was prepared to "walk out" and abandon the series, but he eventually compromised by creating Mrs. Puff: a boat-driving teacher.[2] Her creation added a teacher to the main cast while keeping SpongeBob as an adult character.[3] Nickelodeon accepted the compromise and greenlit SpongeBob.

Mrs. Puff's Boating School episodes are one of the show's most common genres of stories. Mrs. Puff was one of the first characters to have entire episodes shown from her point of view: "No Free Rides" and "Doing Time" are two early examples. She also appears in the film series and in a wide variety of merchandise.

Episodes

Image # Title Role in episode
Season 1
Boating School 152
4b
"Boating School" (tr) Major, debut; she takes SpongeBob's driving test with him.
Dialogue mention
5a
"Pizza Delivery" (tr) Indirect mention (of her school)
Hall Monitor 025
Hall Monitor 161
7a
"Hall Monitor" (tr) Major; she appoints SpongeBob hall monitor, but she is later arrested because SpongeBob is her responsibility.
Sandy's Rocket 169
8a
"Sandy's Rocket" (tr) Minor; she is grading papers when she gets captured by SpongeBob and Patrick.
Scaredy Pants 039
13a
"Scaredy Pants" (tr) Minor; she dresses as a witch for Halloween. She drives by SpongeBob and calls him Scaredy Pants.
Sleepy Time 022
15a
"Sleepy Time" (tr) Minor; she interrupts SpongeBob's dream to tell him he will never get his license.
Valentine's Day 009
16a
"Valentine's Day" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; SpongeBob gives her a valentine, which distracts her and causes her to crash her boat.
Texas 160
18a
"Texas" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; she is at SpongeBob's going away party for Sandy.
Season 2
Patty Hype 183
25b
"Patty Hype" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; she is in the crowd after Mr. Krabs takes over the Pretty Patties stand.
Dialogue mention
27b
"Life of Crime" (tr) Mentioned
No Free Rides 145
30a
"No Free Rides" (tr) Major; she takes SpongeBob's driving test with him, gives him extra credit, and later tries to steal his boat.
Dialogue mention
31a
"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" (tr) Indirect mention (of her school)
Dialogue mention
35a
"The Secret Box" (tr) Indirect mention (of her school)
Band Geeks 023
Band Geeks 199
35b
"Band Geeks" (tr) Supporting; she is a member of the band and plays the guitar.
Krusty Love 075
36b
"Krusty Love" (tr) Major; Mr. Krabs falls in love with her.
Procrastination 194
37a
"Procrastination" (tr) Supporting; she gives SpongeBob an essay assignment, but later cancels it for a field trip.
Season 3
The Bully 078
43b
"The Bully" (tr) Major; she brings a new student into the class, Flats. She later talks to SpongeBob about Flats' bullying.
Mrs. Puff in Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV-1
45a
"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV" (tr) Minor; SpongeBob shrinks her.
Doing Time 056
45b
"Doing Time" (tr) Major; she is imprisoned and SpongeBob and Patrick try to break her out.
Snowball Effect 025
46a
"Snowball Effect" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; she blows snow off her car.
Party Pooper Pants 294
51
"Party Pooper Pants" (tr) Minor; she attends SpongeBob's party.
New Student Starfish 073
53a
"New Student Starfish" (tr) Major; she teaches class while Patrick attends Boating School, then puts SpongeBob and Patrick in detention.
The Sponge Who Could Fly 240
59
"The Sponge Who Could Fly" (tr) Minor; SpongeBob rescues her snail from a tree.
SpongeBob Meets the Strangler 162
60a
"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; she goes to SpongeBob's parties.
Pranks a Lot 108
60b
"Pranks a Lot" (tr) Minor; while invisible, SpongeBob and Patrick eat her cake, scaring her.
Season 4
SquidBob TentaclePants 018
SquidBobTentaclePantsGroup2
68b
"SquidBob TentaclePants" (tr) Minor (non-speaking); Sandy teleports an apple to her desk. Later, she watches Squidward and SpongeBob's performance, then gets fused together with the others.
Mrs. Puff, You're Fired 004
69b
"Mrs. Puff, You're Fired" (tr) Major; she is fired from teaching at Boating School and gets a strict replacement.
Wishing You Well 089
72b
"Wishing You Well" (tr) Minor; she wishes for a new car and later has her wish come true.
Dialogue mention
75a
"Squidtastic Voyage" (tr) Indirect mention (of her school)
Driven to Tears 033
77a
"Driven to Tears" (tr) Supporting; she passes Patrick in the driving test, making SpongeBob jealous.
Best Day Ever 138
80a
"Best Day Ever" (tr) Minor; SpongeBob hides in her purse.
Season 5
Mrs. Puff deleted scene credit in Spy Buddies
84a
"Spy Buddies" (tr) Deleted scene, credited in voice cast
Boat Smarts 044
84b
"Boat Smarts" (tr) Major; she hosts the instructional video and appears in it.
Mrs. Puff deleted scene in Krabs à la Mode
85b
"Krabs à la Mode" (tr) Deleted scene (which is intact in the book and comic)
Picture Day 133
93a
"Picture Day" (tr) Major; it is picture day at Mrs. Puff's school, and she helps SpongeBob get his picture taken.
Pest of the West 263
96
"Pest of the West" (tr) Major, Western counterpart appears
For the Love of Bubbles artwork-7
98
"What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" (tr) Deleted scene (which is intact in the book)
Season 6
Nautical Novice 188
102b
"Nautical Novice" (tr) Major; she gives the class a tour of the museum.
Gone 086
104b
"Gone" (tr) Mentioned and imitated by SpongeBob
Boating Buddies 126
109a
"Boating Buddies" (tr) Major; she teaches the class as Squidward attends.
The Krabby Kronicle 183
109b
"The Krabby Kronicle" (tr) Minor; a misleading caption by SpongeBob puts her boating school out of business.
Ditchin' 193
114b
"Ditchin'" (tr) Major; SpongeBob ditches Mrs. Puff's class after she gives him the bathroom key.
Pet or Pests (146)
118a
"Pet or Pests" (tr) Minor; SpongeBob tries to get her to adopt baby worms.
Truth or Square 75
123-124
"Truth or Square" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; she plays the organ at SpongeBob's fake marriage.
Season 7
Growth Spout 069
128a
"Growth Spout" (tr) Supporting; Mr. Krabs steals from her peanut garden and she calls the police.
Dialogue mention
130b
"Model Sponge" (tr) Indirect mention (of her school)
SpongeBob's Last Stand 396
134
"SpongeBob's Last Stand" (tr) Minor (non-speaking); SpongeBob introduces her as a helper who will push the bulldozer, and she joins in the cause.
A Day Without Tears 058
136a
"A Day Without Tears" (tr) "Mrs. Puff's Boating School" sign is seen
Summer Job 056a
136b
"Summer Job" (tr) Major; she starts working at the Krusty Krab.
Hide and Then What Happens 115
147a
"Hide and Then What Happens?" (tr) Minor; SpongeBob asks her to move a boat while searching for Patrick.
Season 8
The Hot Shot 021
154b
"The Hot Shot" (tr) Major; she welcomes a new student, Tony Fast Jr., to the class and tries to use him to get rid of SpongeBob.
Oral Report 215
157b
"Oral Report" (tr) Major; SpongeBob has to give an oral report in her class.
Sweet and Sour Squid 149a
158a
"Sweet and Sour Squid" (tr) Cameo; Squidward's clarinet playing breaks her class's window.
A SquarePants Family Vacation 012
159
"A SquarePants Family Vacation" (tr) Minor; SpongeBob invites her to see his vacation slides.
Demolition Doofus 084
173b
"Demolition Doofus" (tr) Major; she enters SpongeBob in the demolition derby.
It's a SpongeBob Christmas! 313
175
"It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" (tr) Minor (non-speaking); she appears during "Don't Be a Jerk (It's Christmas)."
Move It or Lose It 061
177b
"Move It or Lose It" (tr) Minor; SpongeBob asks her to sign a petition.
Mrs. Puff's Boating School in Hello Bikini Bottom!-2
178
"Hello Bikini Bottom!" (tr) Minor; Mr. Krabs steals Mrs. Puff's bus to use on tour, and she later comes to get it back.
Season 9
Patrick-Man! 130
180a
"Patrick-Man!" (tr) Minor; Patrick gets her arrested.
Dialogue mention
Mrs. Puff in License to Milkshake premiere
181a
"License to Milkshake" (tr) Indirect mention (of her school); she also appeared in the specially-made "back to school" commercials for this episode.
Bumper to Bumper 064
182b
"Bumper to Bumper" (tr) Major; she teaches SpongeBob and helps him during his driving test.
Tutor Sauce 198
190b
"Tutor Sauce" (tr) Minor; she introduces Mr. Krabs as a new student to the class. SpongeBob also talks about her throughout the episode.
What's Eating Patrick 047
193b
"What's Eating Patrick?" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; she is shown in a flashback of an eating contest.
SpongeBob LongPants 100
195a
"SpongeBob LongPants" (tr) Minor; she is scared of SpongeBob getting his driver's license.
Larry's Gym 004
195b
"Larry's Gym" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; she is excited about the opening of Larry's Gym.
Married to Money 164
196b
"Married to Money" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; she comes to Mr. Krabs's wedding.
Salsa Imbecilicus 031
203b
"Salsa Imbecilicus" (tr) Minor (non-speaking); she drives her boat upside-down.
Season 10
Whirly Brains 050
205a
"Whirly Brains" (tr) Minor; she is on a date with Mr. Krabs.
SpongeBob SquarePants Mrs Puff in Code Yellow-7
206b
"Code Yellow" (tr) Supporting; she is at the hospital and SpongeBob cures her.
Mrs. Puff deleted scene in Plankton Gets the Boot
209b
"Plankton Gets the Boot" (tr) Deleted scene (rough storyboard)
Burst Your Bubble 115
210b
"Burst Your Bubble" (tr) Major; she loses her school to SpongeBob, and is taught by SpongeBob about bubble boats.
The Getaway 097
213a
"The Getaway" (tr) Major; she chases SpongeBob and rides with a driver named Dorsal Dan.
Feral Friends 050
Feral Friends 216
215a
"Feral Friends" (tr) Supporting; she attends Sandy's birthday party, then becomes a feral pufferfish.
Season 11
Spot Returns 074
217a
"Spot Returns" (tr) Minor; she adopts an amoeba puppy.
Deleted scene
220
"The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom" (tr) Deleted scene[4]
No Pictures Please 027
221a
"No Pictures Please" (tr) Cameo (leg only); her leg is sticking out of the bathroom door.
Krabby Patty Creature Feature 155
222a
"Krabby Patty Creature Feature" (tr) Minor; she is turned into a Krabby Patty zombie.
Teacher's Pests 169
222b
"Teacher's Pests" (tr) Major; she teaches SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton.
Sanitation Insanity 079
223a
"Sanitation Insanity" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; SpongeBob almost crashes into her.
Don't Feed the Clowns 137
226b
"Don't Feed the Clowns" (tr) Minor; her school is on fire, and the little clown tries to set it out.
Drive Happy 050
227a
"Drive Happy" (tr) Minor; she is scared of SpongeBob driving Coupe and swerves into a junkyard.
My Leg! 002
231a
"My Leg!" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; SpongeBob crashes into the lighthouse while driving with her.
Plankton Paranoia 075
Plankton Paranoia 172
235a
"Plankton Paranoia" (tr) Supporting; Mr. Krabs interrogates her, then she goes to the anniversary party.
Appointment TV 175
238a
"Appointment TV" (tr) Supporting; she asks SpongeBob to drive her home, then is a part of the play.
Girls' Night Out 144
240b
"Girls' Night Out" (tr) Major; she is one of the Gal Pals.
Season 12
The Ballad of Filthy Muck 139
243b
"The Ballad of Filthy Muck" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; she runs away from Filthy Muck and Little Yuck playing instruments.
Plankton's Old Chum 097
246a
"Plankton's Old Chum" (tr) Minor (non-speaking); Plankton fills her with chum.
One Trick Sponge 076
247b
"One Trick Sponge" (tr) Minor; SpongeBob tries to show her a card trick.
Insecurity Guards 158
249b
"Insecurity Guards" (tr) Likeness only; she appears as a living painting of the Mona Lisa.
Squidward 4 heads
253a
"Jolly Lodgers" (tr) Non-speaking cameo; Squidward screams at her in the hallway of the hotel.
SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout 403
254-255
"SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout" (tr) Supporting; she helps set up SpongeBob's party and wants it to be boat-themed.
SpongeBob's Bad Habit 104
256b
"SpongeBob's Bad Habit" (tr) Minor; SpongeBob bites her nails at a salon.
My Two Krabses 190
259b
"My Two Krabses" (tr) Major; she dates Chum Krabs.
Knock Knock Who's There (64)
260a
"Knock Knock, Who's There?" (tr) Likeness only; Mr. Krabs has a music box with a dancing figurine of Mrs. Puff inside.
LL007
261a
"Lighthouse Louie" (tr) Major; she assigns SpongeBob to clean up the lighthouse from inside.
Pearl and Puff in Hiccup Plague
Hiccup Group
261b
"Hiccup Plague" (tr) Supporting; she gets contagued with hiccups and later tries to cure SpongeBob.
A Cabin in the Kelp 162
262a
"A Cabin in the Kelp" (tr) Major; she is one of the Gal Pals.
The Kwarantined Company
263b
"The Kwarantined Krab" (tr) Major; she is locked in Krusty Krab on the kwarantine with SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Pearl.
Kooky Cooks Group
265b
"Kooky Cooks" (tr) Major; she has a dinner date with Mr. Krabs.

Shorts

Image # Title Role in episode
Big Blue 4
"SpongeBob & You Save the Big Blue" (tr) Major; SpongeBob and Patrick water Mrs. Puff's garden.
How to Party like SpongeBob 1
"How to Party Like SpongeBob" (tr) Minor
Sweet and Sour Squid 150
"Plankton's Diary: Plankton's Evil Plan" (tr) Minor
You Know You're From Bikini Bottom When... 05
"You Know You're From Bikini Bottom When..." (tr) Minor
Nickelodeon Demolition Derby - SpongeBob & Mrs. Puff's Boatmobile
"Nickelodeon Demolition Derby" (tr) Major; SpongeBob and Mrs. Puff compete in a demolition derby.
Green Stuff Rap 028
"Green Stuff Rap" (tr) Cameo
Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show short 005
"Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show short" (tr) Cameo
Movie Etiquette 023
"Movie Etiquette" (tr) Cameo

Movies

Image # Title Role in episode
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 461

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 793
F1
"The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" (tr) Along with Squidward, Sandy, and Gary, Mrs. Puff is one of the four friends who appear at two pivotal points in the film. They are all shown in succession when SpongeBob is about to give up, and seeing his friends enslaved gives SpongeBob a dose of reality. Later, when SpongeBob frees the town, each of the four gets a triumphant scene of themselves being saved.
The SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out of Water 232

Mrs. Puff after boat chase
F2
"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" (tr) At the Krusty Krab, she plays a drum sting to punctuate Squidward's joke.
In a deleted scene that can be watched on the Blu-ray version, Mrs. Puff is a masked boat-driver who hunts down SpongeBob and Plankton in a long and action-packed car chase.

Specials

Image # Title Role in episode
SpongeBob-Mrs-Puff-school-float
"SpongeBob ParadePants" (tr) Major; she puts on a parade with stunt boats.
Patchy's Playlist 081
891
"Patchy's Playlist" (tr) Archive footage; she appears in scenes from the musical, "Band Geeks," and "The Sponge Who Could Fly"
Mrs. Puff Broadway
"The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!" (tr) She goes on a kelp juice "bender" after panicking about the impending eruption of Mount Humongous.
Patchy's Beach Bash trivia scene
"SpongeBob Appreciation Day: Patchy's Beach Bash!" (tr) Archive footage; she appears in various scenes

Comics

Issue Comic(s)
SpongeBob Comics No. 1 They're Playing My Tune
Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 2 Cover
Picture It!
Pull-out poster: Hot-Roddin' Cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 5 Truckin'!
SpongeBob Comics No. 8 Design Mrs. Puff's Dream Boat
SpongeBob Comics No. 18 Driving Dutchman
SpongeFunnies
SpongeBob Comics No. 19 Clean Up in Aisle 10
SpongeBob Comics No. 21 Bubble Double Trouble
SpongeBob Comics No. 25 The Dutchman's Challenge
SpongeBob Comics No. 30 Puff's Pageant
SpongeBob Comics No. 32 Inside front cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 36 SpongeFunnies
SpongeBob Comics No. 37 Nightmare Calling
Dreams of the Dreaming Dreamer
SpongeBob Comics No. 38 A True Fan! (pictured)
Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 39 Ship Wrecked
SpongeBob Comics No. 41 Snow Job
SpongeBob Comics No. 41 Stolen Kelp-Cake
SpongeBob Comics No. 45 Patrick's Itch
SpongeBob Comics No. 48 Have a Nice Day, Gary!
SpongeBob Comics No. 50 Mash-Up Pants
50! 50! 50!
Back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 53 Seaquake!
SpongeBob Comics No. 60 Substitute Teacher!
SpongeBob Comics No. 62 Magically Moronic
SpongeBob Comics No. 68 Cover
Take a Boat to Bøbö!
Back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 72 SpongeFunnies
Trust Buster!
SpongeBob Comics No. 75 Inside front cover
Skate the Cake!
SpongeBob Comics No. 76 Build a Boat!
SpongeBob Comics No. 80 Mazey Does It!
SpongeBob Comics No. 81 The Inner Journey!
SpongeBob Comics No. 82 Mrs. Puff's Driving Dos & Don'ts
A Self-Driving Boat!
SpongeBob Comics Annual Super-Giant Swimtacular No. 2 The Squishy Knight!
SpongeBob Comics Annual Super-Giant Swimtacular No. 4 SpongeBob BabysitterPants

References

  1. ^ Big Pop Fun podcast: Stephen Hillenburg, artist and animator
  2. ^ TBIVision: 'SpongeBob SquarePants' creator Steve Hillenburg
  3. ^ Longreads: The Young Man and the Sea Sponge
  4. ^ Vincent Waller on Twitter
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