He lives under a rock in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob and Squidward are his two neighbors, and, when viewed on the front side, are to the right of his residence.
Both he and SpongeBob like to bother Squidward; though they do it unknowingly and have good intentions. He is the son of Herb and Margie Star and the younger brother of Sam Star.
Stephen Hillenburg first designed a prototypic starfish character while teaching marine science at the Ocean Institute in California. He created the character for The Intertidal Zone, an educational picture book used to teach young students at the Institute, which would eventually lead to the creation of SpongeBob SquarePants. This prototypic starfish character was much more realistic than Patrick: it had an eyespot on each arm and a large mouth in the center of its body. In 1987, Hillenburg left the institute to pursue a career in animation.
After Martin Olson suggested that Hillenburg develop The Intertidal Zone into a television show, Hillenburg began fleshing out the characters. Patrick Star was conceived as a starfish to embody the animal's nature; according to Hillenburg, starfish look "dumb and slow," but they are actually "very active and aggressive" in reality, like Patrick. Hillenburg incorporated character comedy rather than topical humor on the show to emphasize "things that are more about humorous situations and about characters and their flaws." He designed Patrick and SpongeBob as such because "they're whipping themselves up into situations—that's always where the humor comes from. The rule is: Follow the innocence and avoid topical [humor]." Hillenburg described Patrick as "probably the dumbest guy in town".
Despite being depicted as having a good temperament or state of mind, Patrick has been shown in some episodes to have a tantrum. Patrick's emotional outbreak was originally written only for the first-season episode "Valentine's Day," where SpongeBob and Sandy try to give Patrick a Valentine's Day gift, and "was supposed to be a one-time thing." However, according to episode writer Jay Lender, "when that show came back it felt so right that his dark side started popping up everywhere. You can plan ahead all you want, but the characters eventually tell you who they are."
Every main character in the show has its unique footstep sound. The sound of Patrick's footsteps is recorded by the show's Foley crew, with a Foley talent wearing a slip-on shoe. Jeff Hutchins, the show's sound designer said, "[Going] barefoot makes it tough to have much presence, so we decided that Patrick would be performed with shoes on."
Patrick's voice is provided by actor Bill Fagerbakke, who also does the voices of numerous other characters on SpongeBob SquarePants. While creating the show and writing its pilot episode in 1997, Hillenburg and Derek Drymon, the show's then creative director, were also conducting auditions to find voices for the show's characters. Fagerbakke auditioned for the role of Patrick after Tom Kenny, SpongeBob's voice actor, had been cast. Fagerbakke said, "Steve is such a lovely guy, and I had absolutely no feeling for the material whatsoever." He described his experience in the audition, saying "I was just going in for another audition, and I had no idea what was in store there in terms of the remarkable visual wit and really the kind of endearing child-like humanity in the show. I couldn't pick that up from the audition material at all. I was just kind of perfunctorily trying to give the guy what he wanted."
Fagerbakke referred to Patrick as "AquaDauber," a reference to his role as Michael "Dauber" Dybinski on the 1990s sitcom Coach in the first few years of working on the show. Patrick is "enormously entertaining to portray" because, according to Fagerbakke, "when I'm performing Patrick, there are many secrets that I could never divulge". Fagerbakke's approach in voicing Patrick is "much the same way I would do [to] any kind of character." "I'm always looking for opportunities to explore that freewheeling imagination and insanity of children. To be able to plug into that and let that carry you into a performance is such a gas, I have so much fun with that. I love kids; I raised two girls and I love being a parent," he said. The cast members record as a whole cast. Fagerbakke says that the situation improves his performance as a voice actor because "there is something remarkable that happens when people are working together that is unique to that." Fagerbakke modeled his performance whenever Patrick is angry after that of American actress Shelley Winters.
Fagerbakke has been compared to Patrick's character, which he concurs with. Kenny said that "Bill [Fagerbakke] is a big guy. The world is almost too small for him. He's a force of nature, like Patrick." Writer Jay Lender said, describing Fagerbakke in the recording studio, "Bill Fagerbakke is the most thoughtful performer I've ever seen in the booth—he was always asking questions and really trying to get into the mindset, such as it is, of Patrick." Writer Kent Osborne said of Fagerbakke, "He is this big guy, and he plays Patrick so well. He's just this big guy, and he lumbers around." Fagerbakke said, "I'm clumsy. I'm goofy. I make mistakes all the time" and agreed that "I guess I'm a lot of Patrick."
When he was a kid, Patrick tended to recite poems during gym class, which ruined his reputation and made him a target for dodgeball players, as shown in "Sing a Song of Patrick."
When he was an adult, he moved out and rented a rock house eventually to own it. He lives next door to Squidward.
As revealed in "Home Sweet Pineapple," Patrick was kicked out of his parents' house at one point and never allowed to come back. He thus created his rock, with the only difference being that he added a satellite antenna to it.
At some point, Patrick went to community college with Flats the Flounder, although he forgets what he studied there and likely failed to graduate.
One day, when his neighbor Squidward was gardening, a pineapple fell from a ship into the ocean, landing on Squidward's garden creating the pineapple house. Meanwhile, SpongeBob was looking for a house of his own; when all hope seemed lost, SpongeBob and the real estate agent saw the pineapple house's creation and Patty said she had forgotten about the house. SpongeBob bought it. To this day, they have been neighbors.
Patrick is an overweight, coral-pink starfish with a pointy head, thick eyebrows, and red dots across in his body. In season 1, due to unsteady or cel-animation, his eyebrows were thin, and in the shape of a couple of M's. The flowers on his pants were also dark purple instead of light.
At the beginning of season 2, Patrick's eyebrows were slightly thicker and shaped like the letter Z. He is shown to have either a full set of teeth, a single tooth, or sometimes none at all. His eyes are simple black dots and are addressed by such on his driver's license.
However, a facial close-up in "Oral Report" shows that Patrick's eyes are olive green, while in the short "Time Machine" they are purple.
He usually wears lime green pants with lavender flowers on them. The first movie reveals that he wears Goofy Goober underwear, which he wore for three years straight. He changed out of them upon becoming a "man." When sleeping alone, he normally just wears plain underwear, but when he has company, he wears lavender pajamas with pale green flowers on them, along with a matching nightcap.
Like various characters, Patrick has no ears but can hear just fine. A reference to his lack of ears is made at the end of the episode "No Nose Knows." However, he is shown to have an ear that he did not know he had previously in "Bummer Vacation."
Unlike most of the other main characters of the series, Patrick lacks a nose. Because of this, he generally cannot smell, as seen in "Something Smells," in which SpongeBob has bad breath. However, in "The Battle of Bikini Bottom," Patrick can grow a nose through sheer force of will. In "No Nose Knows," it has been established that Patrick doesn't have a nose so he receives a nose through plastic surgery. He goes through many noses; however, when Patrick tries to get rid of every bad scent, SpongeBob, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Sandy deform Patrick's nose by building a giant ball of trash and sewage so the nose can disintegrate. In some episodes, Patrick can smell things without having a nose. In "Pet Sitter Pat", he can smell, because he thinks Gary has a bad odor even though he smelt his armpit, not Gary. He was also able to smell in "Patrick's Staycation".
Patrick's portrayal is pleasant, overweight, lazy, dim-witted, unmannerly, naïve, and generally ignorant. Despite being a full-grown adult, Patrick acts immature for his age and partakes in many childish activities with SpongeBob. Patrick's personality is similar to SpongeBob's, but they are not interchangeable, as SpongeBob is a lot more intelligent, responsible, optimistic, mannerly, and down-to-earth than Patrick. His dim-wittedness often annoys SpongeBob and causes him a lot of inconvenience. He has a short temper and is prone to psychopathic tendencies if something upsets him. In "Nature Pants," Patrick goes on a psycho-spree throughout Jellyfish Fields and attempts to kidnap SpongeBob when the latter decides to live with the jellyfish. In "Valentine's Day," Patrick goes on a rampage and causes mass disruption at the carnival in retaliation for having yet to receive a present from SpongeBob. In "Big Pink Loser," Patrick furiously scrapes the top of a broomstick on the Krusty Krab floorboards out of anger that he can't do anything right. In the same episode. He also shouted at a customer and slammed the phone for thinking the customer called him a "Krusty Krab". In "The Fry Cook Games," he goes berserk when SpongeBob erases a part of his name tag to make it say "Rick." In "No Weenies Allowed," Patrick gets angry whenever he is called "Tubby," and punches SpongeBob in response to him addressing him like that. In "Home Sweet Pineapple," he smashes SpongeBob with a rock after mistaking him for a spider. In "Squidtastic Voyage," he destroys the submarine control panels with an ax after he believed that Sandy was trapped in the speaker.
Due to his lack of superiority in contrast to the other characters, Patrick suffers from low self-esteem and can exhibit varying levels of jealousy when witnessing the success of others. In "Valentine's Day," he expresses jealousy toward everyone who received a gift and invokes revenge by causing disruption at the carnival and breaking everything in sight. In "Big Pink Loser," Patrick expresses anger toward SpongeBob for receiving abundant awards and having the ability to do everything right. In "No Hat for Pat" and "Patrick-Man!," Patrick shows jealousy to SpongeBob for having a job and special worker's hat. Patrick's jealousy is also a driving point on the plot in "No Nose Knows," where he expresses his remorse over being in the minority of citizens without a nose, prompting him to get one through plastic surgery. In "The Executive Treatment," Patrick willingly impersonates an executive out of jealousy of their exclusive ability to purchase a special Krabby Patty variety. In "Big Pink Loser," Patrick models his rock after SpongeBob's pineapple to emulate the latter's lifestyle. He also joins in with the exploits of others (usually SpongeBob) to fit in. In "Mid-Life Crustacean," Patrick, SpongeBob, and Mr. Krabs attempt to steal Betsy Krabs' panties, as part of the "panty raid." In "Doing Time," Patrick assists SpongeBob in his local bank robbery scheme, intent on getting arrested to free Mrs. Puff from jail. In "Opposite Day," he and SpongeBob impersonate Squidward and claim his house as their property, intent on annoying the real estate agent and preventing Squidward from moving out of town. In the post-movie seasons, Patrick and SpongeBob have a frequent tendency to disrespect Squidward's privacy and follow him around as a means to show their affection towards him. Throughout "Spy Buddies," SpongeBob and Patrick follow Plankton everywhere he goes, suspecting that he has some ulterior motive. In "SpongeBob's Last Stand," Patrick and SpongeBob resist the government-approved construction of Shelly Superhighway by holding up protest signs and performing a song about it. Their motive for this was to enforce the environmental safety of Jellyfish Fields, above which the highway is being constructed. The police eventually notice the boys rebelling against the government's authority and imprison them in the middle of nowhere. In "Chocolate with Nuts," as a means to boost their profit as salesmen, SpongeBob and Patrick spread lies to their customers about the chocolate bars they're selling, claiming them to have special abilities. In "Ink Lemonade," he and SpongeBob sell Squidward's ink to the public and categorize it as lemonade. The opposite effect has also occurred with Patrick encouraging SpongeBob to join in with his exploits. In "Hooky," Patrick encourages SpongeBob to ditch work and go to the "carnival" with him.
Patrick has an unusual mean streak that - depending on the episode, is either exhibited out of jealousy, low self-esteem, acquired situational narcissism, or simply stupidity. This is best shown in "Valentine's Day," when after he sees that SpongeBob gave a present to everyone except him, he goes on a rampage, and destroys everything he sees, even though SpongeBob wanted to give him a present. He is also shown to lose respect for others and become obsessed when obtaining some form of power, talent, wealth, or publicity, and it usually drives him apart from SpongeBob. In "Rule of Dumb," when he becomes the king of Bikini Bottom, he abuses his authority by stealing from others and using his fame to cover up his arrogant attitude, acting like the world revolves around him, and becomes a ruthless tyrant and goes mad with power. In "Karate Star," Patrick gains a talent in karate and obsessively uses it regardless of the circumstances until SpongeBob talks him out of it at the end. In "Patrick-Man!," Patrick's superhero alter-ego goes to his head and causes him to frame innocent citizens for crimes. It is not until he realizes how tedious being a hero is that he stops. In "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?," Patrick becomes famous and rich as a result of his new occupation as the frozen Krabby Patty mascot, which causes him to betray SpongeBob on account of having superiority over him. In "The Executive Treatment," Patrick is arrested for posing as an executive to buy the Executive Treatment sandwich. This behavior has manifested itself physically. Patrick is shown to be a very harmful pet sitter to Gary in "Pet Sitter Pat." He forces him into a bath, crinkles his skin with a hairdryer, and lastly threatens and even nearly kills him with a flamethrower. In "FarmerBob," he abuses some of Old Man Jenkins' barn animals in a very stupid manner. In "Jellyfishing," oblivious to the fact that he can't hold his net due to his bandages, Patrick forcefully shoves the end of a jellyfish net in Squidward's injured tentacle, adding insult to injury. In "Band Geeks," he starts a fight with Sandy to "do some kicking," as instructed by Squidward, though Patrick interprets this literally. Patrick also punches SpongeBob in "No Weenies Allowed" for insulting him. In "Wigstruck", Patrick notices SpongeBob wearing a wig; believing that it is a monster attacking him, Patrick assaults SpongeBob to rid him of the said wig. In "Oral Report", Patrick increases SpongeBob's oral anxiety by assaulting him with several objects like a treadmill and pillows. In "The Good Krabby Name", Patrick beats up SpongeBob as he is dressed up in a Krabby Patty costume, believing that a killer Krabby Patty is eating SpongeBob; however, this was done with good intentions, as Patrick did it out of defense. In "I'm With Stupid" upon seeing Patrick, SpongeBob asks him if he's "having another episode". In "Ghoul Fools" when SpongeBob and Patrick look at the clouds, Patrick mentions it calms his "inner demons" in "The Secret Box" Patrick says the inner machinations of his mind are an enigma, with "machinations" being another word for "scheme". At the end of the episode, he laughs maniacally and reveals he kept an embarrassing photo of SpongeBob in the "secret compartment" of his box. In "Nature Pants," Patrick follows SpongeBob around Jellyfish Fields and attempts to abduct him with his jellyfish net to bring him back home. In "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!", Patrick surrounds his rock with booby traps to capture Santa. This attempt backfires on Patrick when he gets stuck in the traps. He succeeds in kidnapping Santa in the end, though. In "Valentine's Day", Patrick causes pure disorderly conduct at the carnival by running around, yelling, and breaking everything in sight. This extends to damaging property owned by others. In "Christmas Who?," he and SpongeBob chop down Squidward's coral tree without his consent. In "Wet Painters," Patrick destroys Mr. Krabs' computer by smashing it on the dollar to eliminate the paint stain. In "Squidtastic Voyage," he destroys the control panel of Sandy's submarine with an ax. In "Spy Buddies," he melts the roof of the Chum Bucket with his laser pants. In "Pat No Pay," Patrick's misuse of the trash disposal causes the Krusty Krab to explode. In "The Card," Patrick endangers a trading card that belongs to SpongeBob. In "Karate Star," Patrick's love for karate goes to his head and results in him karate-chopping nearly everything he sees in public, eventually leading to the destruction of the Barg'N-Mart. In "Big Sister Sam," he allows his sister to demolish SpongeBob and Squidward's houses. In "Sandy's Nutmare," when Sandy learns that her tree is dying, Patrick attempts to chop down her tree for the wood with a hatchet. When Sandy tells him she can save her tree with science, Patrick throws the hatchet, which makes a hole in the tree dome for water to come through.
Aside from his jealousy and being irresponsible, Patrick is also selfish and sometimes a bad friend towards SpongeBob and often endangers him, sometimes intentionally and other times because of his dim-whiteness. In "Yours, Mine and Mine" SpongeBob buys a meal at The Krusty Krab and shares it with Patrick. Patrick asks why there is no toy, but Mr. Krabs makes a new Krabby Patty toy which was for both SpongeBob and Patrick. SpongeBob lets Patrick play with it until the morning, and when the morning arrives SpongeBob tells Patrick to give him a turn, but Patrick hogged the toy and refused to share it with SpongeBob. In "Valentine's Day" He tries to ruin Valentine's Day for everyone because he thought SpongeBob didn't give him a gift. In "Dumped" Patrick insists that Gary likes him now and that he wants to be his pet instead of SpongeBob's. In "I'm With Stupid" Patrick's parents were coming to visit Patrick and Patrick believes his parents think he's stupid, so SpongeBob agrees to pretend to be an idiot so Patrick would look smart in comparison. The plan works as SpongeBob successfully convinces Patrick's parents that he is stupid, but Patrick then treats SpongeBob as if he were that dumb, which makes his parents think that Patrick taught him to become smarter which drives SpongeBob nuts. In "Stuck in the Wringer," Patrick gets SpongeBob stuck in the wringer with his "forever glue" which caused SpongeBob a lot of problems. He also impersonated a doctor twice. In "Suds" When SpongeBob got the suds he called Sandy to take him to the doctor, but Patrick tells SpongeBob not to go to the doctor because it's "a horrible, horrible place". He then pretends to be a doctor and does his treatment to try to cure SpongeBob, but it only caused him to inflate. In "The Splinter" He once again pretends to be a doctor. SpongeBob asks Patrick to get rid of the splinter, but he only made it worse but hitting a hammer through it. In "Fungus Among Us" he made SpongeBob's ick worse by creating a mobile bubble after popping SpongeBob's quarantine bubble. In "Something Smells" Patrick convinces SpongeBob that the reason everyone has been avoiding him was that he's ugly. In "Hooky" Patrick tries to persuade SpongeBob to skip work to play on the hooks with him even after Mr. Krabs told them how dangerous they are, and tells SpongeBob not to listen to Mr. Krabs. In "Driven to Tears" Patrick tries to make SpongeBob jealous of his new driver's license and rubs it in his face. He also caused mass destruction by running three red lights and makes an illegal u-turn through an orphanage.
His rudeness became more serious as the post-movie era approached: Patrick had a mean streak in the pre-movie seasons but was mostly apologetic and regretful of his actions, and had a kindhearted personality overall. In the post-movie seasons, not only does Patrick rarely show any remorse or regret toward his rudeness, but he also lacks responsibility for his actions and is willing to throw others under the bus for his wrongdoings, like in "Stuck in the Wringer" where he blames SpongeBob for the condition he's in when it was Patrick's fault for gluing him to the wringer. In "Life of Crime," he gets mad at SpongeBob and blames him for eating his chocolate bar when he already ate his. In "SpongeHenge" he angrily scolds SpongeBob and blames him getting stung by jellyfish on SpongeBob. He also scolds people when they have a right to be hostile and angry, as seen in "Big Sister Sam" when Patrick singles SpongeBob and Squidward out for their disapproval of his sister's havoc wreak. However, in "The Fish Bowl," Patrick does show remorse over his selfish and rude ways, marking a rare occasion in the post-movie era where this has happened.
Patrick is shown to have a hypocritical side, as he never follows any of the advice he gives SpongeBob: In "Grandma's Kisses," he tells SpongeBob to act like a grown-up but later behaves like a baby himself. When SpongeBob points out his hypocrisy, Patrick says that being a "grown-up" is boring and that he likes being a baby. In "Something Smells," when SpongeBob believes that he is shunned by everyone in town because they think he is ugly, Patrick tells him that he should accept his ugliness. Later, Patrick thinks he caught SpongeBob's ugliness and refuses to accept it, declaring that he was once one of the "beautiful people;" however in reality, it was their bad breath that caused the townsfolk to ignore them. In "Yours, Mine and Mine," Patrick agrees to share the kid's meal with SpongeBob, but later eats it all and persistently hogs the Patty Pal toy; when SpongeBob tries to reason with him, Patrick scolds SpongeBob over his lack of sharing, when Patrick himself is hogging the toy. In "Little Yellow Book," Patrick is among the many people who laugh at SpongeBob's secrets and joins in on lambasting Squidward for doing so when SpongeBob runs away crying, throwing fruit at Squidward and calling him a "diary reader." When Squidward points out that Patrick also read the diary, Patrick blows him off and accuses him of "blaming everyone else."
Despite this, he still wants to help his friends, even if he doesn't do it right. In "Sun Bleached," Patrick helped SpongeBob get a tan but neglects SpongeBob by going out with a group of women, essentially leaving SpongeBob in the tanning booth for a protracted amount of time and resulting in the development of a "sun-bleached" tan. In "Suds" and "The Splinter," Patrick acts as a doctor to SpongeBob despite not having a college bachelor's degree or doctor's insurance license, leading to disastrous treatment. He enjoys nothing more than spending time with SpongeBob, and will always turn to him when things don't seem right or when he wants to show off something that he thinks he succeeds in, even though he rarely does if ever. Patrick is a nice person at heart and has had many positive interactions with the townspeople; he even genuinely cares about Squidward despite the latter's open hatred of him and SpongeBob. Even with good intentions, Patrick often does not take account of the environment or individuals around him. In "Life of Crime," he and SpongeBob resort to making crazed noises in the middle of the street upon discovering their new identities as "criminals," with the townspeople mistaking them as street performers. SpongeBob and Patrick are put in jail for "stealing" a balloon, only to be paroled a few seconds later since it is National Free Balloon Day, thus disqualifying the act as a crime. Patrick also engages in a fight with Sandy during music class in "Band Geeks." In "New Student Starfish," SpongeBob and Patrick engage in an argument in the middle of the school hallway. In "Sing a Song of Patrick," SpongeBob and Patrick hijack a radio broadcast signal to blast the song "I Wrote This" at night throughout the entire town. This causes the citizens displeasure and leads them to form a mob. In "The Battle of Bikini Bottom," the boys run into the Krusty Krab while fighting over clean and dirty, disturbing the peace of Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and the customers. In "Stuck in the Wringer," SpongeBob and Patrick engage in a verbal fight in the middle of the carnival. In "Yours, Mine and Mine," Patrick and SpongeBob fight over the Patty Pal toy in various public places. Throughout the middle of "Doing Time," SpongeBob and Patrick attempt to free Mrs. Puff from jail without consent from correctional officers. In "Sandy's Rocket," SpongeBob and Patrick invade Sandy's spaceship without her permission and use it out of personal gain. In "Christmas Who?," SpongeBob and Patrick add Christmas decorations to Squidward's house despite his objections. In "Pranks a Lot," SpongeBob and Patrick, while disguised as ghosts, make unauthorized and disruptive alterations to the Krusty Krab by gluing the doors shut, replacing the windows with rubber, and clogging the toilets. In "Pet Sitter Pat," Patrick messes up the interior of SpongeBob's house as a result of threatening Gary with a hose and flamethrower. In "Patrick-Man!," Patrick's fight with the Dirty Bubble trashes the Krusty Krab. In "The Good Krabby Name," Patrick uses SpongeBob's absorbency to stamp several messages promoting the Krusty Krab on a building and back of a truck, per Mr. Krabs' advertising campaign. A police officer notices this and considers arresting them for graffiti, but, influenced by the vandalism's message, heads off to the Krusty Krab to order a Krabby Patty. In "Sing a Song of Patrick," Patrick steals a hundred dollar bill from SpongeBob and uses it to enter a contest, fully acknowledging that he used a dollar without the owner's consent. In "Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom," Patrick steals concert tickets and backstage passes that were meant for Squidward and SpongeBob, and eats them, believing they are food. In "No Pictures, Please," Patrick puts on a hat that was dropped by a guide and wears it throughout, not thinking twice about returning it to its owner.
Furthermore, because Patrick feels he is doing the right thing, he often trespasses to get what he wants. SpongeBob and Patrick have a frequent tendency to enter Squidward's house without his consent, which reaches its epitome in "Good Neighbors." Additionally, in "Survival of the Idiots," he and SpongeBob enter Sandy's tree dome during the winter with little regard to the "Keep Out" sign on the door. In "Pranks a Lot," SpongeBob and Patrick trespass into many people's houses to traumatize them while under the identities of "ghosts." In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the duo trespasses into the Thug Tug without presenting ID prior, although they did this to retrieve the key to the Patty Wagon that was stolen by the boat jacker, so this can be justified. In "The Lost Mattress," Patrick and SpongeBob trespass the fence of the dump on Squidward's behalf, however, it is mostly Squidward's fault for making them do it in an attempt to get them murdered by the guard worm. In "The Thing," SpongeBob and Patrick trespass into the sewers to hide from the SWAT Team. In "Toy Store of Doom," SpongeBob and Patrick stay in Toy Barrel past its open hours and hide in a dollhouse so as not to be caught by the security guard. In "No Pictures Please," Patrick trespasses many people's homes while giving an enthusiastic stranger a tour of his favorite places in Bikini Bottom. In "Spy Buddies," Patrick and SpongeBob sneak into the Chum Bucket at night through the roof, despite the door allowing entrance; they did this since spies do not use the door to enter places. In "Safe Deposit Krabs," SpongeBob and Patrick break into the local bank at night, although they had good intentions since they did it to free Mr. Krabs from the safe.
Much of this has involved Patrick being caught up in breaking rules and endangering others. In "Restraining SpongeBob," Patrick violates a restraining order filed against him by walking beyond his set limits. He is arrested off-screen for doing so. In "Big Pink Loser," Patrick's inability to do anything right angers him to the point of scraping the top of a broomstick on the Krusty Krab floorboards, which creates a mass amount of dust clouds and interferes with the customer's ability to eat and breathe pure oxygen. In "Sentimental Sponge," Patrick's house is shown to be full of garbage, which takes up a majority of the house's capacity, though he is not reprimanded by the sanitation police, unlike SpongeBob and Squidward. In "The Donut of Shame," Patrick offers SpongeBob one half of a doughnut that he contaminated with his saliva, dropped in the toilet, and stored in the back of his underwear. Due to this, SpongeBob potentially consumed Patrick's oral ecology as well as C. difficile and E. coli; SpongeBob is shown notably sick as he eats the doughnut. In "Ink Lemonade," Patrick and SpongeBob sell Squidward's ink to the public under the guise of lemonade, which eventually causes health problems to its consumers. In "Sandy's Rocket," SpongeBob and Patrick go around abducting the townspeople and trapping them in Sandy's spaceship out of fear that the entire population is formed of aliens. In "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic," he kidnaps Jeffrey the Jellyfish at the end. In "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," Patrick abducts Santa Claus with a jellyfishing net.
Patrick is well known for his dimwitted, naïve, and lazy nature. He wants to spend time dwelling in his rock and lacks common sense, which often means that he is incapable of doing things right, as explained when he was briefly employed at the Krusty Krab when trying to earn an award in "Big Pink Loser." Patrick occasionally lacks a basic understanding of everyday concepts and tends to make up his own words.
In some episodes, Patrick has trouble with even the most rudimentary tasks and displays little common sense or intelligence. His memory can be appalling and he can forget how to do the most instinctual of actions, such as eating or falling over. He once forgot that he ate a chocolate bar the second after he ate it in "Life of Crime," and can't open a jar without assistance in "Big Pink Loser."
Patrick seems to be aware of his stupidity and annoyance to others, as many throwaway lines in some episodes indicate: In "Home Sweet Pineapple," Patrick asks SpongeBob if it's already time to ruin Squidward's day upon waking up. In "I Had an Accident," when Sandy asks Patrick if he has to be stupid elsewhere, Patrick replies, "Not until 4:00." In "The Card," when SpongeBob expresses concern toward Patrick endangering a rare trading card, Patrick replies, "You can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up, keep you on your toes." In "Tentacle-Vision," when Squidward asks him, "Just how dumb are you?," Patrick replies, "It varies." In some episodes, he is shown to be even smarter than SpongeBob, most notably in "Jellyfishing," when he realized that Squidward doesn't like them, but SpongeBob didn't.
Of note, Patrick's stupidity became more exaggerated as the post-movie seasons approached: Instead of being naïve but with hidden intellect, Patrick became so painfully stupid to the point of forgetting the most obvious details about his best friend. This is best exemplified in "You Don't Know Sponge," and is also a driving point on the said episode's storyline.
At other times, he can appear almost so brilliant that it surprises the other characters, and is prone to fits of temporary intelligence, which confuses the other characters. In earlier episodes, Patrick appeared to be somewhat more intelligent, often making profound comments and often being very articulate, such as when he, having messed up Mr. Krabs' first dollar with SpongeBob, complained about the fact that his first dollar is just an ordinary dollar and he should replace it with another ordinary dollar, though he forgets about it at the end and ends up buying a candy bar, much to SpongeBob's dismay. In "Help Wanted," Patrick was shown to be more competent when it came to giving advice, as he encouraged SpongeBob to apply for his lifelong dream job. In "SB-129," Patrick seems to be aware of Squidward's hatred toward him and SpongeBob, though in later episodes he is just as oblivious as SpongeBob in terms of their annoyance to Squidward. Sometimes, Patrick has sudden brief outbursts of intelligent responses, as seen in the episode "SpongeBob's Last Stand", he tells SpongeBob how the Shelly Superhighway will destroy the ecosystem, seemingly out of nowhere, because he has no prior knowledge of ecology. In "Squidtastic Voyage", He shocks SpongeBob and Sandy by coming up with a brilliant solution to refuel their empty gas tanks to escape Squidward's stomach. In "Sailor Mouth" when looking at words on a dumpster, he has trouble reading the word "krabs" but can read the curse word fine, and tells SpongeBob it's a "sentence enhancer" thus convincing him to curse. In "The Secret Box" He says the line "The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma". He also has displayed some common sense and wisdom in some episodes, such as when he warned SpongeBob that he will go broke if he kept giving away his money in "Porous Pockets" and told SpongeBob that when he has money he has to do more than just spend it, he has to have a plan first. When SpongeBob admits he was wrong about the money and his "friends", Patrick replies with "There is no right or wrong when it comes to that stuff SpongeBob, there either is or there is not. In "That's No Lady" Patrick realizes that he should not pretend to be someone he is not". In "Patty Hype," when SpongeBob's pretty patties were not selling, SpongeBob gets discouraged, and Patrick says "SpongeBob, sometimes we have to go deep inside ourselves to solve our problems". In "The Lost Mattress" Patrick was able to figure out everything that SpongeBob didn't, like how Squidward was planning for them to get eaten by the guard worm by calling the man "worm bait" and he quickly realized that the guard worm liked the wooden spoon SpongeBob was holding. He is also shown to be an excellent driver unlike SpongeBob, as shown in "Driven to Tears" when he got a perfect score on his boating test and got his boating license, both of which SpongeBob failed at hundreds of times. In "Boating School" he helped SpongeBob cheat on his boating exam by telling him exactly how to drive properly. One of his smartest moments in the series was in "CopyBob DittoPants" when he said the line "Life is but a walking shadow" after all the copies disappeared.
Patrick seems to detect malice and sarcasm more easily than SpongeBob. He also displays witty banter at times and often can be sarcastic. He is generally well-intentioned but often inadvertently causes trouble, for both himself and also his friends, such as in "Patrick-Man!" when he gets Mrs. Puff arrested and trashes the Krusty Krab, although he also ended up saving the Krusty Krab from the Dirty Bubble.
Interests and hobbies
Patrick mainly likes to dwell under his rock and act lazy and unproductive. He usually partakes in sitting on the couch, watching TV, eating junk food, and sleeping. However, he does go outside every now and then, typically to hang out with his best friend. Whenever doing so, he and SpongeBob like to indulge in their two favorite hobbies: bubble blowing and jellyfishing. He is also shown to enjoy sand-boarding, even if he is not very good at it. In addition to bubble-blowing and jellyfishing, Patrick and SpongeBob have a fondness for engaging in childlike activities, such as playing pretend, toys, and board games, as exemplified in numerous episodes throughout the series, like "Toy Store of Doom" and "A Friendly Game."
Like SpongeBob, Patrick's favorite television series is The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. He idolizes the titular duo and views them as role models in that Patrick and SpongeBob occasionally dress up as them and emulate their heroic antics.
Patrick also seems to be a fan of the rock band Stingray 5000, as he expresses remorse upon witnessing a copy of one of the band's albums in the dumpster in "Missing Identity" and shows his appreciation for their music.
Patrick is shown to idolize Jeffrey the Jellyfish, and once exhibited an unhealthy obsession with him by persistently touching him despite the security guard's objections, and eventually succeeded in kidnapping him.
Patrick and SpongeBob like to go to Glove World!, a glove-themed amusement park in Bikini Bottom. They show their dedication to the park by buying its merchandise and wearing their marketed apparel.
Abilities and talents
Patrick, although mentally weak and naïve, has many skills, such as:
CPR administration: In "Naughty Nautical Neighbors," Patrick shows the ability to utilize CPR as he uses it to save Squidward after he nearly chokes on a fork. He also displays his CPR administration skills in "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost" when he and SpongeBob believe that they "killed" Squidward, albeit to no avail since in reality, Squidward wasn't dead, rather they accidentally destroyed a wax sculpture of him.
Dancing: Patrick once jazz-danced with SpongeBob in "Squidtastic Voyage" and wanted to go square-dancing with Squidward in "Just One Bite," but Squidward didn't want to do it, which made Patrick feel sad.
Disguising: In "That's No Lady," Patrick stays in disguise as "Patricia" for a long time. He takes off the suit, embarrassing Squidward and Mr. Krabs.
Doing absolutely nothing: In "Big Pink Loser," he gets an award for "doing absolutely nothing longer than anyone else." In "The Pink Purloiner," he does nothing for 8 hours straight, while SpongeBob is spying on him. In "Stanley S. SquarePants," Patrick shows SpongeBob and Stanley the art of doing nothing.
Driving: Patrick has shown to be an excellent driver, unlike SpongeBob as seen in "Driven to Tears." He also gives SpongeBob proper advice on how to ace his boating test in "Boating School." In "FarmerBob", he is revealed to have a driver's license and tractor's license
Eating: Patrick is shown to have an enormous appetite and can swallow large amounts of food in one bite. In "Pressure," Patrick eats a Deluxe Krabby Patty in one bite. He also eats an entire table of breakfast foods in "Rock-a-Bye-Bivalve." He was once able to eat 1,000 Krabby Patties in 5 minutes, which is seen in "What's Eating Patrick?" Patrick seems to be able to use his mouth like a vacuum cleaner, as seen when he devours the various picnic foods in "Club SpongeBob" and the high quantity of Krabby Patties with extra cheese in "Pat No Pay."
Jellyfishing: Patrick sometimes forgets how to jellyfish, however once reminded, he does it particularly well.
Karate chopping: In "Karate Star," Patrick is a skilled karate "genius" at chopping. However, his hand started to go out of control and he cut it off, regenerating his limbs like SpongeBob in "Graveyard Shift."
Performing extreme stunts: Patrick is sometimes an ultimate daredevil, as seen in "I Had an Accident" and "A Life in a Day." In the latter, he performed several dangerous acts to emulate Larry's lifestyle, although he gave up when he learned of how life-threatening this can be. He also does a few moderately extreme stunts in "Extreme Spots."
Regeneration: In "Karate Star," Patrick goes completely crazy and rips his arm off which a new Patrick grew from. Once he explained to SpongeBob starfish regenerate their arms, they were both fine with it.
Survival skills: In "To Save a Squirrel," he and SpongeBob nearly eat each other to survive. He also made earmuffs out of his own belly button lint so they could play without Sandy harassing them in "Survival of the Idiots." He also made warm clothing out of her fur.
Patrick has had several near-death experiences, but he rarely gets injured. He mainly gets injured because of his stupidity. He also sometimes gets hurt due to his reckless jellyfishing.
Patrick lives under a rock on 120 Conch Street, two doors down from SpongeBob, right next to Squidward, and 400-yards away from the Krusty Krab. His ID licenses show his address, one from "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" and another from "Driven to Tears." The home's exterior is featureless, apart from a small, yellow weather vane, which has fallen off on numerous occasions. In some episodes, the rock has nothing under it, while in others, his house has an interior, like in "Patrick's Staycation," "The Donut of Shame," "No Nose Knows," and other episodes. As shown in "I'm with Stupid," he makes his own furniture but he is too lazy to make it sometimes, explaining the different states of his house.
Sometimes, Patrick sleeps on the ceiling of his rock, although far more often he sleeps in a regular bed. Patrick spends much of his day sleeping under his rock. There are many inconsistencies in the depictions of his house due to the nature of the cartoon and utility treatment of backgrounds: In one episode, his house's depiction is nothing but a bed and a chest of drawers, yet in others, he appears to have a kitchen and a living room. In addition, certain episodes tend to depict the surface below the rock to be completely flat, while in others there is a considerable amount of depth below it. Patrick claims to have built the house himself. In "New Fish in Town," he puts his front yard up for rent. In some episodes, particularly the pre-movie seasons, he only has a TV and a chair in his house.
As Nickelodeon said of Patrick's house in a commercial bumper: "What's really beneath this famous rock? The home of Patrick Star. While the outside never changes, a closer look inside reveals that Patrick's house is never set in stone. Sometimes, there's just sand. Other times, there's a small den. Occasionally, there's a large master bedroom. And there's the Multi-Room Complex featuring an eat-in kitchen, arched doorways, and a hi-def TV. Rock on!"
He is the father of Patrick and Sam and Margie's husband. He is the son of Billy Bob Star and Maw Tucket. He is also the uncle of Gary and Ed, Sluggo's brother, Patrick Revere's great grand nephew, a great-grandson of King Amoeba and Queen Mildew, a grandson of Yorick and Princess Tulsa, the grand nephew of Prince Dingus and Prince Callous, Carl's first cousin 1x removed, Cletus' nephew, Patron's ancestor, and a descendant of Pecos Patrick, Primitive Star, and Patar. He made his debut in the episode "I'm with Stupid," when he and Margie went to visit Patrick for Starfish Day.
It was then revealed on a family tree in the episode "Rule of Dumb" that his name is Herb. Herb, like his wife, is quite overweight. He has a large walrus mustache and he is pink, just like the rest of the Star family. His pants are the same as Patrick's but his top has a slightly lighter color of purple with green stars.
Gary is Sluggo's son, the cousin of Patrick, Sam, and Ed, and a nephew of Herb and Margie. He's also a grandson of Billy Bob Star and Maw Tucket, Patrick Revere's great-great-grandnephew, a great-great-grandson of King Amoeba and Queen Mildew, a great-grandson of Yorick and Princess Tulsa, a great grand nephew of Prince Callous and Prince Dingus, Carl's first cousin 2x removed, Cletus' grand-nephew, and a descendant of Pecos Patrick, Primitive Star, Patar, and Prehistoric Gary. He was also ironically Patrick's pet for a short while in "Dumped," but Gary only wanted a cookie in his cousin's pocket.
Other family members
Sam Star - Patrick's older long-lost sister who appeared in "Big Sister Sam," contrary to Patrick's claim of not having a sister in "Something Smells." Sam is known to be somewhat affectionate towards Patrick, calling him "wittle brubber" and beating up Squidward and SpongeBob if she thinks they have bothered him. She is also Herb and Margie's daughter, a cousin of Gary and Ed, the granddaughter of Billy Bob Star and Maw Tucket, Patrick Revere's great-great grandniece, the great-great-granddaughter of King Amoeba and Queen Mildew, the great-granddaughter of Yorick and Princess Tulsa, the great-grandniece of Prince Callous and Prince Dingus, Carl's first cousin 2× removed, Cletus' grand-niece, and a descendant of Pecos Patrick, Primitive Star, and Patar.
Sluggo - Gary's father, the uncle of Patrick, Sam, and Ed, Herb Star's brother, Margie's brother-in-law, and a son of Billy Bob and Maw Tucket. He was seen in "Rule of Dumb." He is also Margie's brother-in-law, a son of Billy Bob and Maw Tucket, Patrick Revere's great grand nephew, a great-grandson of King Amoeba and Queen Mildew, the grandson of Yorick and Princess Tulsa, the grand nephew of Prince Callous and Prince Dingus, Carl's first cousin 1x removed, Cletus' nephew, and a descendant of Pecos Patrick, Primitive Star, and Patar.
Billy Bob Star - the father of Sluggo and Herb. His wife is Maw Tucket. He is the grandfather of Patrick, Gary, Sam, and Ed. He is also Margie's father-in-law, Patrick Revere's grand nephew, Cletus' brother, and a descendant of Pecos Patrick, Primitive Star, and Patar.
Maw Tucket - The mother of Sluggo and Herb. Her husband is Billy Bob. She is the grandmother of Patrick, Gary, Sam, and Ed. She is also Margie's mother-in-law, the granddaughter of King Amoeba and Queen Mildew, the daughter of Yorick and Princess Tulsa, the niece of Prince Callous and Prince Dingus, Carl's cousin, and Cletus' sister-in-law.
Yorick - Maw Tucket's father and Princess Tulsa's husband. He was the great-grandfather of Patrick, Gary, Sam, and Ed. He was also a son-in-law of King Amoeba and Queen Mildew, Prince Callous' brother-in-law, Carl's uncle, the grandfather of Sluggo and Herb, and Patar's ancestor.
Princess Tulsa - Maw Tucket's mother and Yorick's wife. She was the great-grandmother of Patrick, Gary, Sam, and Ed. She was also the daughter of King Amoeba and Queen Mildew, Prince Callous' sister, Prince Dingus' sister-in-law, Carl's aunt, the grandmother of Sluggo and Herb, and Patar's ancestor.
Prince Callous - Princess Tulsa's brother and the son of Amoeba and Mildew. He was a great-granduncle of Patrick, Gary, Sam, and Ed. He was also Prince Dingus' husband, Carl's father or step-father, and a grand-uncle of Sluggo and Herb.
Prince Dingus - Princess Tulsa's brother-in-law and a son-in-law of Amoeba and Mildew. He was a great-granduncle of Patrick, Gary, Sam, and Ed. He was also Prince Callous' husband, Carl's father or step-father, and a grand-uncle of Sluggo and Herb.
Carl - Princess Tulsa and Yorick's nephew and the grandson of Amoeba and Mildew. He is the first cousin 2x removed of Patrick, Gary, Sam, and Ed. He is also the son of Prince Callous and Prince Dingus, Maw Tucket's cousin, and the first cousin 1× removed of Herb and Sluggo.
King Amoeba - The father of Princes Tulsa and Prince Callous and the husband of Queen Mildew. He was the great-great-grandfather of Patrick, Gary, Sam, and Ed. He was also the father-in-law of Yorick and Prince Dingus, the grandfather of Maw Tucket and Carl, the great-grandfather of Sluggo and Herb, and Patron's ancestor.
Queen Mildew - The mother of Princes Tulsa and Prince Callous and the wife of King Amoeba. She was the great-great-grandmother of Patrick, Gary, Sam, and Ed. She was also the mother-in-law of Yorick and Prince Dingus, the grandmother of Maw Tucket and Carl, the great-grandmother of Sluggo and Herb, and Patron's ancestor.
Ed - The cousin of Patrick. He only appears at the end of the Story Reader book The Never-Ending Stay. He stayed in Bikini Bottom for 14 weeks. He is also the nephew of Herb and Margie.
Patrick Revere - The great-great-granduncle of Patrick, Sam, Gary, and Ed, who warned Bikini Bottom about the mollusks. He was also the grand uncle of Billy Bob and Cletus and the great grand uncle of Herb and Sluggo.
Pecos Patrick Star - An ancestor of Patrick, Sam, Gary, Ed, Cletus, Herb, Sluggo, Patron, and Billy Bob, who lived in Dead Eye Gulch at the time of SpongeBuck. His name is an obvious parody of the folktale, "Pecos Bill." He was also the descendant of Patar and Primitive Star.
Primitive Star - The distant primate-like ancestor of Patrick, Sam, Gary, Ed, Cletus, Herb, Sluggo, Patron, Billy Bob, Pecos Patrick, and Patar, who encountered Squidward while he traveling through time.
Patar - The prehistoric ancestor of Patrick, Sam, Gary, Ed, Cletus, Herb, Sluggo, Patron, Billy Bob, and Pecos Patrick, who discovered fire along with Squog and SpongeGar. He is also a descendant of Primitive Star.
Cletus Star - The grand uncle of Patrick, Gary, Sam, and Ed, who said the famous quote "Let not your heart walk away from you, must your mind grow legs and follow it." However, he was later arrested in a freedom march and never seen again. He was also Billy Bob's brother, Maw Tucket's brother-in-law, the uncle of Sluggo and Herb, and a descendant of Pecos Patrick, Primitive Star, and Patar.
An alternate Patrick exists in the universe seen in the shorts "What if SpongeBob was Gone." Without SpongeBob, he cannot jellyfish properly.
Another alternate Patrick existed in the timeline where the Krabby Patty secret formula was never returned to Bikini Bottom after being stolen by Burger Beard the Pirate. This caused Patrick to rapidly age and grow a long beard. He encountered SpongeBob and Plankton when their time machine sent them 4 days into the future, where he was sitting on the sand-covered ruins of the Krusty Krab. He said that unlike everyone else; he still hadn't given up on SpongeBob because he wasn't very smart. He waved goodbye to them after they were horrified by the outcome.
SpongeBob and Patrick have been best friends ever since they were born. They have spent a large majority of their life together and are very close to one another. Patrick cares about SpongeBob very much as shown in a multitude of episodes. He often tries to give SpongeBob the best advice he has even if it's very illogical. He also is shown to go to great lengths for SpongeBob such as trying to make SpongeBob his "trophy" just so that he and SpongeBob could be together again. He also shows great sorrow when not around SpongeBob, which he has mentioned frequently. He even followed SpongeBob to the bitter end on their journey to Shell City. Though he has been on bad terms with SpongeBob many times throughout the series, they always come back together as best friends.
Patrick, along with SpongeBob, often annoys Squidward, although he thinks he is one of his best friends, Squidward doesn't reciprocate the "friendship." Unlike SpongeBob, Patrick has actually noticed that Squidward didn't like them but was incorrectly assured by SpongeBob they were his friends. Squidward, for the most part, thinks Patrick is annoying and dumb, even worse than SpongeBob. He has sometimes gotten along with Squidward though, such as "Naughty Nautical Neighbors" and "Band Geeks," although they only last for short amounts of time as Squidward regularly shows his contempt for Patrick or the latter gains the sense to be annoyed with Squidward like in "Wishing You Well." Despite that, Squidward is actually Patrick's best friend after SpongeBob as he defended Patrick as shown when he quickly stopped Mr. Krabs from scamming a naive Patrick of his ice cream coupon in "Patrick's Coupon."
Patrick and Sandy are close friends. Although Sandy has numerously been annoyed by Patrick's utter stupidity and on occasion has threatened to (as well as has) attack Patrick as shown in "Texas" and "Survival of the Idiots," the two usually get along very well.
His relationship with Mr. Krabs is a complex one, for the most part, Mr. Krabs thinks Patrick is too dumb to be bothered with, although he sometimes takes him as an employee and occasionally acts as a father figure toward him, as seen in "Sailor Mouth" and "Hooky." Usually, when Patrick acts as an employee for Mr. Krabs, it doesn't end well, as when in "Big Pink Loser" when he was a disaster of an employee, or "Restraining SpongeBob" when he was so much worse than SpongeBob as a middleman, Squidward actually replaced SpongeBob with Patrick on the restraining order.
Patrick and Plankton have only interacted a few times, but the times they do interact Plankton often despises his idiocy. In the episode "Chum Bucket Supreme," Patrick helps Plankton get customers by creating a slogan. In the episode “Bucket Sweet Bucket,” Patrick, along with SpongeBob, attempts to help Plankton renovate the Chum Bucket.
Patrick and Mrs. Puff barely interact, but when they do, Patrick often shows a dislike for her. In the episode "New Student Starfish" he calls her "A big fat meanie. " In the episode "Patrick-Man!" he gets her arrested because he thought she was trying to break into someone's car.
In "Truth or Square," it said that Patrick's real name is "Patrick Sea-Star," not Patrick Star.
In some episodes, his real last name is stated to be "Starfish" instead of "Star" or "Seastar."
In many episodes, when something confuses Patrick, he usually says "I don't get it."
The concept of Patrick being stupid is based on the appearance of the sea star; slow and dumb, but in fact, they are crafty and bright.
It is also based on the fact that real starfish don't have brains.
Patrick has arachnophobia because in "Home Sweet Pineapple," when SpongeBob's house is gone, he keeps on having nightmares about spiders and hitting SpongeBob with his rock because he thought the latter was a spider.
Like an actual starfish, his weight is two ounces, and he is six centimeters long.
Since Patrick's species is a starfish, he is also 1/16 amoeba because one of his ancestors is King Amoeba, which means his species is amoeba and he is also Patrick's great-great-grandfather and great-great-grandparents share 6.25% genetic overlap of a living thing. That's what makes him and Gary 1/16 amoeba.
He has impersonated a doctor on at least two occasions: "Suds" and "The Splinter," both of which had disastrous results.
Critical reception for the character from both professionals and fans has been positive. In his DVD review for DVD Verdict, Bill Treadway called Patrick "the village idiot, who sometimes gives SpongeBob some really bad advice, but he is a loyal friend and that's something we don't see much of these days." He said, "Patrick is the definition of stupid and his antics will have you laughing out loud." In a review published in 2007, Peter Keepnews of The New York Times said, "Patrick is a popular character, and the new episodes illustrate why: He is unfailingly enthusiastic, touchingly loyal and absolutely undeterred by his intellectual limitations. Hilariously voiced by Bill Fagerbakke, he is not just an endearing comic creation but a role model for idiots everywhere."
Nancy Basile of About.com called Patrick "one of the silliest characters on SpongeBob SquarePants." In her DVD review of "SpongeBob and Friends: Patrick SquarePants," a Patrick-themed SpongeBob SquarePants home video release, Basile said, "The episodes included [...] are hilarious. They're not only some of Patrick's best episodes but also some of the show's classic episodes." She ranked "That's No Lady" as Patrick's best episode and said, "I was remiss not to include this episode in my top ten [SpongeBob SquarePants episodes] list." She cited her favorite scene from the episode, where "Patrick can't read the number on Mr. Krabs' table, saying, 'Ford knee.' Mr. Krabs replies, 'That's a seven, Patricia.'" The Kids' Choice Awards, an annual awards show presented by Nickelodeon, added several new categories, including "Favorite Animated Animal Sidekick," in its 2014 ceremony. Patrick received the Kids' Choice Award Blimp for the category, winning to Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb, Sparky from The Fairly OddParents, and Waddles from Gravity Falls.
Despite his overall positive reception, Patrick has had many allegations of homosexuality surround him. In 2002, the show's popularity among the gay community grew, and it was reported that they had embraced the show, according to BBC Online.The Wall Street Journal also raised questions about SpongeBob and Patrick in a recent article that pointed out the show's popularity in the gay community.Tom Kenny, in response to the article, said "[I] felt the insinuation was a stretch." "I had heard that gay viewers enjoy the show in the same way that lots of people—college students, parents, and children—like the show [...] I thought it was rather silly to hang an entire article on that. I don't think it's a case of it being a gay-friendly show—It's a human-being-friendly show. They're all welcome," Kenny said.
In 2005, a promotional video that involves SpongeBob promoting diversity and tolerance was criticized by two U.S. Christian evangelical groups, most notably Focus on the Family, because they saw the character was being used as an advocate for homosexuality though the video contained "no reference to sex, sexual lifestyle or sexual identity." The incident led to questions as to whether or not SpongeBob, his best friend Patrick, and the rest of the series' characters are homosexual characters. After this speculation and comments, Hillenburg repeated his assertion that sexual preference was never considered during the creation of the show. He clarified the issue and said "We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We're just trying to be funny and this has got nothing to do with the show." Tom Kenny and other production members were shocked and surprised that such an issue had arisen.Derek Drymon, the show's creative director until 2004, said, "If SpongeBob holds hands with Patrick it's because he's his best friend and he loves him. I think the whole thing is a part of a larger agenda to stigmatize gay people." Focus on the Family founder James Dobson later stated that his comments were taken out of context and that his original complaints were not with SpongeBob or any of the characters in the video but with the organization that sponsored the video, the We Are Family Foundation. Dobson noted that the foundation had posted pro-homosexual material on its website, but later removed it.
Queer theorist Jeffrey P. Dennis, author of the journal article "The Same Thing We Do Every Night: Signifying Same-Sex Desire in Television Cartoons," argued that SpongeBob and Sandy are not romantically in love while adding that he believed that SpongeBob and Patrick "are paired with arguably erotic intensity." Dennis noted the two are "not consistently coded as romantic partners," since they live in separate residences, and have distinct groups of friends, but claimed that in the series, "the possibility of same-sex desire is never excluded." Martin Goodman of Animation World Magazine described Dennis's comments regarding SpongeBob and Patrick as "interesting."
Internet meme popularity
The character of Patrick has become viral on the Internet in the forms of memes or image macros. A still from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which displays Patrick in a drop-jawed look, inspired YouTube users to create a presentation of Patrick's expression using several different filters. Following this, a YouTube user uploaded another video featuring Patrick reacting to Canadian singer Justin Bieber's 2010 single, "Baby." The meme called "Surprised Patrick" started to disseminate, with one of the first images was posted to Reddit by SeannyOC, and then reblogged onto I Can Has Cheezburger?'s Memebase. Comedy websites—including BiteTV,CollegeHumor,Mashable and Smosh—have published their own "Best of" lists and compilations, covering the "Surprised Patrick" meme's popularity. Mashable's Nena Prakash said, "For years, Patrick Star helped hold down Bikini Bottom while SpongeBob was flippin' burgers at [t]he Krusty Krab. But now it's time for Patrick to come out from under that rock and take a seat upon his royal meme throne because he's an Internet star(fish)." Another popular meme based on the character is the "Push It Somewhere Else Patrick" image macro, which was taken from the second-season episode "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm," based on a scene where Patrick suggests that the town should relocate itself to deal with an Alaskan Bull Worm.
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