Appearances

Pearl is one of the ten main characters of the series. She was the second character that Stephen Hillenburg created for the show. He was inspired to design her while working at the Ocean Institute, where he was a tour guide for whale watches and tended to a whale skeleton exhibit.[1]

Pearl's first official appearance was in the 1996 pitch bible for SpongeBob, which was called SpongeBoy Ahoy! at the time. Hillenburg created Pearl as a self-conscious teenage character who happens to be a ginormous whale. At first, he wanted her personality to match the actual traits of a sperm whale. Sperm whales have the biggest brain out of any living animal on Earth, so he wanted Pearl to be a super-smart math student.[2] The writing team felt that most viewers wouldn't understand the reference, so this was dropped from her final character.

Episodes

Image # Title Role in episode
Season 1
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8a
"Sandy's Rocket" (trga) Deleted scene (which is intact in the book); SpongeBob and Patrick find Pearl at the mall as one of the "aliens" and need to use multiple nets to catch her.
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8b
"Squeaky Boots" (trga) Supporting, debut; it is Pearl's birthday, and Mr. Krabs tries to give her a pair of fishing boots.
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10a
"Culture Shock" (trga) Supporting; Mr. Krabs agrees to put on a talent show if Pearl can be the star, and she does a cheerleading act.
Deleted scene
11a
"MuscleBob BuffPants" (trga) Deleted scene
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12a
"The Chaperone" (trga) Major; she takes SpongeBob to her prom. SpongeBob messes things up at first, but he and Pearl end up having fun and doing "The Sponge."
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13a
"Scaredy Pants" (trga) Minor; she dresses as Frankenstein's bride for the Halloween party.
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15a
"Sleepy Time" (trga) Supporting; SpongeBob accidentally goes into Pearl's dream, where she has a tea party with her stuffed animals.
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18a
"Texas" (trga) Non-speaking cameo; she brings "peas-in-a-can pie" to Sandy's party.
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20a
"Hooky" (trga) Pearl brings her friends to the Krusty Krab. Later, she sees SpongeBob naked when he gets caught on the hook and calls him "SpongeBob NudiePants."
Season 2
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22b
"Bossy Boots" (trga) Major; she takes over the Krusty Krab and renames it the "Kuddly Krab."
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23b
"Bubble Buddy" (trga) Minor; when Pearl meets Grubby Grouper, she shakes his hand, but Bubble Buddy washes it off.
Dialogue mention
27b
"Life of Crime" (trga) Mentioned; SpongeBob says "No more Sandy or Pearl or Mr. Krabs!"
Dialogue mention
32a
"Pressure" (trga) Indirectly mentioned as "family" by Mr. Krabs
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35b
"Band Geeks" (trga) Supporting (non-speaking); she is a member of the band and plays the saxophone at the halftime show. When they march together on the street, Pearl's head is comically bigger than anyone else.
Season 3
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41a
"The Algae's Always Greener" (trga) Supporting; her alternative counterpart appears instead, and she asks Mr. Plankton for money.
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47a
"As Seen on TV" (trga) Minor; she stars as "Amy" in the Krusty Krab commercial.
Dialogue mention
49a
"Krab Borg" (trga) Mentioned; Mr. Krabs says he will give Pearl a pair of used batteries for Christmas.
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50a
"Wet Painters" (trga) Cameo in photo; she is seen in a portrait in the Krabs house.
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51
"Party Pooper Pants" (trga) Minor; she goes to SpongeBob's house for the party.
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52b
"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" (trga) Non-speaking cameo; she is at the Krusty Krab.
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55b
"Mid-Life Crustacean" (trga) Minor; she gives Mr. Krabs his pill, then talks about the word "coral."
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59
"The Sponge Who Could Fly" (trga) Cameo in flashback
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60a
"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" (trga) Non-speaking cameo; she attends SpongeBob's party.
Season 4
Dialogue mention
61b
"Shell of a Man" (trga) Mentioned; SpongeBob pretends to be Mr. Krabs and says that instead of paying for Pearl's operation, he will do it himself to save money.
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62a
"The Lost Mattress" (trga) Cameo in photo; Pearl's picture is seen in Mr. Krabs' room.
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65a
"Selling Out" (trga) Minor; Mr. Krabs tries to join Pearl, and she inspires him to visit Krabby O'Mondays by saying he needs a hobby.
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66
"Dunces and Dragons" (trga) Major, medieval ancestor appears instead. Sir SpongeBob saves Princess Pearl from Planktonamor.
Dialogue mention
67a
"Enemy In-Law" (trga) Indirectly mentioned as "family"
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67b
"Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture" (trga) Supporting; she stars in the movie as the Invisible Boatmobile.
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68b
"SquidBob TentaclePants" (trga) Three non-speaking cameos; she comes to the performance and is later fused with the other characters.
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71a
"Whale of a Birthday" (trga) Major; it is her sixteenth birthday.
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73b
"Once Bitten" (trga) Deleted scene, credited in voice cast
Dialogue mention
77b
"Rule of Dumb" (trga) Indirectly mentioned; Mr. Krabs wants King Patrick to marry Pearl so that he can become the "father-in-law you give all your money to."
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78b
"Best Frenemies" (trga) Minor; Pearl gets a Kelp Shake, which upsets Mr. Krabs.
Season 5
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91b
"Le Big Switch" (trga) Minor, voice only; she calls Mr. Krabs on the telephone to tell him that the house is full of burglars. In the storyboard (shown left), she was shown in her room for a full scene.
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98
"What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" (trga) Original script and deleted scene (which is intact in the book); Pearl filled in for SpongeBob as the new fry cook at the Krusty Krab.
Deleted scene
100a
"Banned in Bikini Bottom" (trga) Deleted scene[3]; according to the audio commentary, Pearl was originally shown singing at the Secret Krusty Krab.
Season 6
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110a
"The Slumber Party" (trga) Major; she throws a slumber party.
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111
"SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One" (trga) Non-speaking cameo; she is at the welcome party.
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115a
"Grandpappy the Pirate" (trga) Minor; Grandpa Redbeard mistakes Pearl for a sea monster.
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123-124
"Truth or Square" (trga) Non-speaking cameo; she comes to see the marriage and thinks it is heartwarming, but later gets upset when it is revealed to be a play.
Season 7
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127a
"Tentacle-Vision" (trga) Minor; she comes onto Squidward Chat to do her nonstop cheer routine.
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128a
"Growth Spout" (trga) Major; she has a growth spurt and needs Mr. Krabs to find her food.
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137a
"One Coarse Meal" (trga) Major; Plankton develops a terrible fear of Pearl, so Mr. Krabs dresses up as Pearl to keep scaring him.
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140b
"Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle" (trga) Major; she cooks patties at the Krusty Krab and laters goes to the Triangle. She becomes friends with the mermaids and convinces them to come to the mall with her.
Dialogue mention
141b
"The Main Drain" (trga) Mentioned
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145b
"Enchanted Tiki Dreams" (trga) Deleted scene; in the cut scene, the water was revealed to be coming from Pearl's spout. Lori Alan recorded her lines for the part, and Pearl is still in the ending credits.
N/A
146a
"The Abrasive Side" (trga) Cameo, voice only; SpongeBob tells her that she can't get a pair of shoes, and her tears flood the shoe store.
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149b
"Tunnel of Glove" (trga) Major; she and SpongeBob become trapped in the Tunnel of Glove.
Season 8
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154a
"Drive Thru" (trga) Minor; she orders at the drive-thru.
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159
"A SquarePants Family Vacation" (trga) Minor; she comes to SpongeBob's house.
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161b
"Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation" (trga) Major; she, SpongeBob, and Mr. Krabs go on vacation together.
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164a
"Barnacle Face" (trga) Major; Pearl enlists SpongeBob's help to get rid of a barnacle on her face.
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166a
"Bubble Troubles" (trga) Supporting; she helps Sandy by filling her with air.
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175
"It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" (trga) Minor; she gets infected by the Jerktonium, but becomes good again when Patrick gives her a present.
Season 9
Dialogue mention
179b
"Squirrel Record" (trga) Mentioned
Dialogue mention
183a
"Eek, an Urchin!" (trga) Mentioned
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184b
"Evil Spatula" (trga) Cameo in photo
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186a
"Safe Deposit Krabs" (trga) Minor; she gives SpongeBob her cell phone to call Mr. Krabs.
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190b
"Tutor Sauce" (trga) Minor; she crashes her boat into the Krusty Krab.
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192a
"Company Picnic" (trga) Likeness only; an orange plush Pearl appears as a toy in Plankton's hologram.
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194b
"The Sewers of Bikini Bottom" (trga) Cameo in photos; in Mr. Krabs' wallet, he has a photo of Pearl and another of him and Pearl making funny faces together.
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196b
"Married to Money" (trga) Supporting; Plankton (as "Cashina") has to win Pearl over in order to enact his plan.
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197a
"Mall Girl Pearl" (trga) Major; she wants to find a job at the mall and gets hired at Grandma's Apron.
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199b
"Lame and Fortune" (trga) Cameo in Mr. Krabs' dream; he imagines Pearl crying over him, but she later says she will spend his money on shoes.
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200
"Goodbye, Krabby Patty?" (trga) Cameo; she films the Krusty Krab's video entry.
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201b
"Bulletin Board" (trga) Minor; she posts a drawing of a sea unicorn to the bulletin board.
Season 10
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207a
"Mimic Madness" (trga) Likeness only; she is imitated by SpongeBob in "Who Am I?"
Dialogue mention
210b
"Burst Your Bubble" (trga) Mentioned; Mr. Krabs says he shouldn't have borrowed Pearl's shorts.
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215a
"Feral Friends" (trga) Supporting; she becomes a feral whale. Sandy hops onto Pearl's tail to ride through Bikini Bottom and get to the Treedome.
Season 11
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217b
"The Check-Up" (trga) Cameo in photo
Deleted scene
220
"The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom" (trga) Deleted scene; according to Vincent Waller, Pearl's stop-motion model appeared in a scene that was cut for time.[4]
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233a
"Whale Watching" (trga) Major; Squidward babysits Pearl, but she sneaks out to go to a party near the surface.
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234a
"Patnocchio" (trga) Supporting; she plays the role of Monstro the whale.
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235a
"Plankton Paranoia" (trga) Supporting; she sneaks into the Chum Bucket for the surprise party.
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237
"Goons on the Moon" (trga) Major; she is one of the Science Scouts.
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241a
"Squirrel Jelly" (trga) Non-speaking cameo; Sandy injures Pearl at Goo Lagoon.
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241b
"The String" (trga) Cameo in photo
Season 12
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246a
"Plankton's Old Chum" (trga) Brief cameo in photo
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248a
"The Krusty Bucket" (trga) Cameo in photo
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254-255
"SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout" (trga) Minor; she dances with Mr. Krabs at the party and sings "Happy Birthday" to SpongeBob.
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259a
"The Ghost of Plankton" (trga) Likeness only; the Flying Dutchman shapeshifts into Pearl to scare Plankton.
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259b
"My Two Krabses" (trga) Minor; Mr. Krabs interrupts her slumber party. Before that, SpongeBob and Patrick also use a stuffed dummy of Pearl to teach Chum Krabs how to act like Mr. Krabs.
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260a
"Knock Knock, Who's There?" (trga) Minor; Pearl asks to come inside the house, but SpongeBob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs do not let her.
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261b
"Hiccup Plague" (trga) Major; she briefly gets hiccups from Mrs. Puff and later helps SpongeBob to cure it.
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262a
"A Cabin in the Kelp" (trga) Major; she is inducted into the Gal Pals and goes camping with them.
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263b
"Kwarantined Krab" (trga) Major; she is locked in Krusty Krab on the kwarantine with SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Puff.
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264a
"Plankton's Intern" (trga) Major; she is a new intern of Plankton.
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265b
"Kooky Cooks" (trga) Supporting; she is a waiter on Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Puff's date.
Season 13
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268a
"A Place for Pets" (trga) Minor; she gets a sea bunny as a pet.

Movies

Image # Title Role in episode
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F1
"The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" (trga) Minor; she calls out to suggest "a goofball?" to Mr. Krabs.
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F2
"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" (trga) During the end credit dance party, Pearl joins and dances behind Mr. Krabs. She says "This dance is so last year!"
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F3
"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" (trga) Deleted scene

Comics

Image Issue Comic(s)
Comics-1-Pearl-with-music.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 1 They're Playing My Tune - Pearl plays music for the Krusty Krab.
Comics-7-Pearl-angry.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 7 Krabby Klub - Mr. Krabs features Pearl in the advertisement.
Comics-13-Pearl-sees-the-Dutchman.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 13 The Curse of the Flying Dutchman - SpongeBob pretends to be Pearl.
Comics-17-Pearl-new-hair.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 17 Dye-ing for the Part - SpongeBob helps Pearl dye her hair red.
Comics-22-Pearl-in-the-trailer.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 22 A-Camping We Will Go! - Pearl goes camping with Mr. Krabs in a trailer.
SpongeBob Comics No. 24 Pull-out poster: Krabby Currency - Pearl's name is on the dollar.
Comics-25-SpongeBob-visits-Pearl.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 25 The Dutchman's Challenge - SpongeBob visits Pearl with the Flying Dutchman.
Comics-26-Pearl-and-Squidward.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 29 Monkey Sea, Monkey Do! - Pearl and Squidward are walking behind the Treedome.
Comics-30-Pearl-sand-sculpture.jpgComics-30-Pearl-and-the-band.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 30 No Contest - Pearl wins the sand sculpture contest.
Wrinkles in Time - Pearl gets tickets to a concert for a boy band called the "Dreemboats," but it ends up being a 45-year reunion tour.
SpongeBob Comics No. 32 Inside front cover
Comics-36-Pearl-stylized.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 36 The Cinematic Cheapskate - Pearl goes to the movies with a fish boy, but they get arrested for "assault-ed popcorn."
Comics-37-Pearl-sleeping.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 37 Nightmare Calling
SpongeBob Comics No. 39 Inside back cover
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Comics-42-Pearl-close-up.jpgComics-42-Mr-Krabs-and-Pearl-hug.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 42 Stolen Kelp-Cake
Comics-46-Pearl.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 46 SpongeFunnies
Comics-47-searching-the-house.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 47 One Little Lie
Comics-50-Pearl-Mr-Krabs-Mrs-Puff.jpgComics-50-Pearl-Mrs-Puff-mashup.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 50 50! 50! 50!
Back cover
Comics-54-Pearl-says-hi.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 54 Cheer Up!
Daze Off
SpongeBob Comics No. 56 Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 58 Inside front cover
Comics-63-Pearl-girl-power.jpgComics-63-Pearl-topiary.jpg SpongeBob Comics No. 63 Who Is Mermaid Girl?!?: Part 1
Mama Trauma
SpongeBob Comics No. 66 The Lost Booty of Pencils the Pirate: Part 1 (pictured)
SpongeBob Comics No. 68 Take a Boat to Bøbö!
Back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 69 The Lost Booty of Pencils the Pirate: Part 4 (pictured)
Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 70 The Lost Booty of Pencils the Pirate: Part 5 (pictured)
Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 71 Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 72 Trust Buster!
Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 73 Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 74 Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 75 Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 76 Untidaled: Part 1
Inside back cover
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Untidaled: Part 2
Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 78 Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 79 Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 80 Mazey Does It!
Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 81 The Inner Journey!
Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 82 Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 83 Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 84 Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics No. 85 Inside back cover
SpongeBob Comics Annual Super-Giant Swimtacular No. 2 Inside front cover
The Squishy Knight!
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Bikini Bottom Krusty-Con Underwater

Books

Image Issue Comic(s)
President-Krabs-Pearl-brings-lunch.jpgComics-Pearl-and-Patrick.jpg Nickelodeon Magazine Pearl is featured in many different issues and stories.
SpongeBob SquarePants - Trivia book page.png SpongeBob SquarePants Trivia Book Mr. Krabs explains that Pearl "takes after her mother."
Sandy-Pearl-Krabs-Squidward-running.jpg The Big Halloween Scare Pearl dresses as a witch for the party, unlike the original episode.
Tokyopop-Pearl-cheerleader.jpg Krusty Krab Adventures She has the same role as "Culture Shock" and "The Algae's Always Greener."
SpongeBob-and-Pearl-in-Krabs-office.jpg SpongeBob's Secret Valentine Mr. Krabs thinks SpongeBob is asking to date Pearl and says "Stay away from me daughter!"
Pearl-Krusty-Krab-hat.jpg Clowning Around (book) Pearl works at the Krusty Krab while SpongeBob is away with the clowns.
SpongeBob-Pearl-Krabs-Squidward-movie-set.jpg SpongeBob MoviePants Pearl is a part of the movie.
SpongeBob-consoles-Pearl.pngSpongeBob SquarePants - Krabs and Pearl hug.jpeg Just Say "Please!" It is Parents Day at Pearl's school, and Pearl is nervous about Mr. Krabs' bad manners. SpongeBob helps her by teaching Mr. Krabs how to be polite, but he becomes a completely different person and Pearl wants him to change back.
Pearl-vampire-joke.png Scared Silly! Pearl tells a joke about vampires.
Pearl-crying-Krusty-Krab.jpg SpongeBob Exposed! The Insider's Guide to SpongeBob SquarePants Pearl is on the back cover and has a bio in the book.
Pearl-afraid-UFO.jpg UFO! Pearl is scared of the UFO. Later, she plays hide-and-seek with the rest of the main cast.
SpongeBob's Easter Parade artwork-7.jpg SpongeBob's Easter Parade Pearl dresses as the Easter Bunny for the Krusty Krab float.
Pearl-and-Mr-Krabs-proud.jpg Hooray for Dads! Pearl brings Mr. Krabs to the Annual Dad and Kids Games Day.
SpongeBob and the Princess artwork-5.jpg SpongeBob and the Princess Mr. Krabs has a picture of Pearl in his office.
King-Krabs-Princess-Pearl-throne.jpg Lost in Time: A Medieval Adventure Princess Pearl has the same role as "Dunces and Dragons."
SpongeBob-Pearl-and-Mr-Krabs-office-art.jpg Good Ideas... and Other Disasters Pearl gives Squidward a pet worm named Mishka, and he loves it. Later, Pearl goes to a dance with Mr. Krabs' help.
Pearl-Patrick-Plankton.jpg SpongeBob to the Rescue! Pearl, Patrick, and Plankton come to the opening of the recycling center.
Pearl-Sandy-Mrs-Puff-listening.jpg SpongeBob Goes Green! After listening to SpongeBob's speech, Pearl helps clean up the town and goes to the pool party.
SpongeBob SquarePants Pearl Krabs Character Book Scene Nickelodeon 5.png SpongeBob, Soccer Star! Pearl is the goalie of SpongeBob's team, and blocks every kick because she fills up the whole goal.
Pearl-on-couch.jpg Dancing with the Star Pearl judges the dancing competition.
Princess-Pearl-and-the-knights.png Good Knight SpongeBob Princess Pearl has the same role as "Dunces and Dragons."
SpongeBob-friends-characters-party.jpg Party Time! She is a guest at Squidward's party.
Mr-Krabs-and-Pearl-file.jpg Book of Silly Stuff Pearl and Mr. Krabs have a profile in the book.
Pearl-in-Underwater-Friends.png Underwater Friends Pearl and her species, the sperm whale, have bios in the book.

References

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