Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia

Nosferatu (real name Count Orlok) is a character who appears in the episodes "Graveyard Shift," "The Night Patty," and "A Place for Pets." He also appears in the Nintendo DS version of the video game SpongeBob's Truth or Square, as well as a recurring character in the spin-off series Kamp Koral. Nosferatu is a vampire from the titular 1922 film, and is an employee of the Krusty Krab who works as the night shift manager.


He is a vampire who wears black attire. In "The Night Patty," he is shown wearing a darker-colored version of the Krusty Krab employee hat.

Role in series

"Graveyard Shift"

Nosferatu is responsible for the light flickering at the Krusty Krab, which confuses and scares SpongeBob and Squidward, as the lights flickering is one of the signs of the hash-slinging slasher's arrival.

"The Night Patty"

Nosferatu hides in the cooler during the night shift and is the boss there. He approves SpongeBob to be a fry cook for the night shift by drinking his blood using a straw.

"A Place for Pets"

Nosferatu briefly appears during the song "Pets Are People Too" when he is gifted a sea bat.

Role in Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years

In Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, he is known as Kidferatu. Unlike his previous appearances where he is depicted via live-action, he is fully animated.

"Cabin of Curiosities"

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Kidferatu is one of the main campers in the mysterious cabin.

"Kitchen Sponge"

Kidferatu is briefly seen with an umbrella eating a Patty.

Role in Video Games

SpongeBob's Truth or Square

He appears in the "Buns-a-Blazin'" mini-game in the Nintendo DS version.


  • Contrary to popular opinion, the word "nosferatu" does not mean "vampire," "undead," or anything similar. The term originally came from the old Slavonic word "nosufur-atu," which itself was derived from the Greek "nosophoros." "Nosophoros," in the original Greek language, means 'plague carrier'.
    • In fact, in the film Nosferatu, the character's name is actually Count Orlok, not Nosferatu like he is called in the episode.
  • "The Night Patty" marks the first time Nosferatu's full body is shown in SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • His appearance in this episode also marks his first in-series episode appearance in 17 years.
  • He replaced Floorboard Harry in the final draft of "Graveyard Shift."
  • Irony: Nosferatu is a land-based character, like Sandy Cheeks and Kenny the Cat. But unlike them, he doesn't have an air helmet to breathe, but somehow still survives underwater.
    • This may be explained by the fact that, being a vampire, Nosferatu is an undead creature and therefore does not need to breathe.