Patchy the Pirate is a pirate appearing in many SpongeBob SquarePants specials and major events, as the "host" of these. He is the president of the SpongeBob SquarePants Fan Club and is portrayed by SpongeBob's voice actor, Tom Kenny.
He resides in a small home in Encino, California. His bedroom is filled with SpongeBob-themed items such as plush toys, collectibles, bedspreads, and pillows. He also wears SpongeBob underwear. He has a pet parrot, Potty, a string puppet whose strings are clearly shown and is known for poorly being controlled by the puppeteer. They tend to not get along, such as in "Ugh" where they fight over whether prehistory or the future is better. His next door neighbor, an elderly woman named Mrs. Johnson, has been known to make cookies for him, and he requests they be put in a doggy bag. He says he became president of the Fan Club by electing himself and accepting graciously.
Patchy is a stereotypical, intentionally corny pirate character. He has an eyepatch and hook, which he frequently switches between eyes and hands,respctively. Patchy also has a black beard and wears a hat and other pirate accessories. In "The Sponge Who Could Fly," it is inferred that he must remove his hook and peg leg in order to take a shower. Patchy even has a spare foot, for when he goes outside. He is able to recover from virtually any injury, including being shot out of a cannon and being bit by a dinosaur. While normally friendly, Patchy is easily angered, especially by Potty
The live-action segments featuring Patchy and Potty typically appear at the beginning and end of the show, as well as immediately before or after commercial breaks Patchy has appeared in "Christmas Who?," "Shanghaied," "Party Pooper Pants," "The Sponge Who Could Fly," "Ugh," "Friend or Foe," "Atlantis Squarepantis," "Truth or Square," and wraparounds in the "Legends of Bikini Bottom" special event. He was also in the big time rush special Big Time Beach Party. A logo sequence featuring Patchy appears at the start of "Have You Seen This Snail?," "Pest of the West," and "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?," identifying the episode as "a SpongeBob SquarePants special." Often, these segments will reflect the theme of the SpongeBob episode; in "Ugh," Patchy attempts to host the show in a prehistoric setting but is invaded by Potty's futuristic technology, and in "Friend or Foe," Patchy and Potty work in a fast food restaurant where they end up becoming enemies.
Apart from special episodes themselves, Patchy has appeared in several Nickelodeon special events. Leading up to the premiere of "Have You Seen This Snail," Patchy and Tony Hawk look for Gary by following a slime trail. Patchy ended up on Friday Night Slimetime, while Tony ended up in Times Square. Patchy hosted the Best Day Ever marathon on a boat in New York City harbor. In his opinion, Chicago is the best city ever. While hosting the marathon, he played chess with his teddy bear (and lost), read magazines (including one about Jessica Alba), and wrote in his diary with a seahorse pen. He also revealed that he had an extreme childhood fear of seahorses, and thereby was frightened by his pen. He also read books, drank hot cocoa, and ate cookies. He later fell asleep at midnight, and missed #85, "Shell of a Man." He is still asleep after this episode, with his hook in his mouth. In the middle of the night, Patchy woke up to announce #61, "Suds" and came up the excuse that he was "resting his eyes". However, he was mumbling and stumbling over his words in the process as a sign that he was half-asleep and, ironically, skipped numbers 62-73. After that he went back to sleep and did not fully wake up until after #43, "Nature Pants," when his alarm clock rang at 8 a.m. He had Pirate Flakes cereal and Orange Juice for breakfast. He also got a back massage, and told the viewers about the Empire State Building. Patchy hosted the Z to A countdown from the Bahamas starting at 5:00 p.m. on November 12, 2007. It was revealed that he cannot swim, but he still went through with an underwater talk show to present "Atlantis SquarePantis." In The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash, Patchy is the DJ at the "party." Also, Patchy appeared in the Big Time Rush special: Big Time Beachparty, as a treasure hunting pirate. It is revealed that Patchy is a big fan of Big Time Rush, revealed behind the scenes of Big Time Beach Party.
- Real Life Dimensional is shown eleven times; the first is Hooky, the second is Christmas Who?; Christmas Special, the third is Shanghaied; Patchy's Pick, the fourth is Frankendoodle, the fifth is Party Pooper Pants; House Party, the sixth is Ugh; SpongeBob B.C. (Before Comedy), the seventh is The Sponge Who Could Fly; Lost Episode, The eighth is Friend or Foe, the ninth is Atlantis SquarePantis, the tenth is Truth or Square and the last is The Movie.
- His eye patch and hook sometimes switches sides.
- He also was shown in the Big Time Rush special "Big Time Beach Party".
- When the gorilla was throwing food at him in Friend or Foe, you can hear Patchy say " I have a tomato allergy."
Hey, kids, I hope you enjoyed the show, because it's time for you to walk the plank!
—Patchy the Pirate