Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
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Perch Perkins is a famous field reporter who works for the Bikini Bottom News. He makes his debut in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and later made recurring appearances in the series ever since "Once Bitten."


Perch Perkins is a smooth talking news reporter and calming voice of the news and is shown to be fairly charismatic. Despite this, however, Perch is shown to be easily stressed and anxious, he also has a big ego. He gets angered easily and sometimes even storms off set. He may look respectable and well groomed but he is spiraling downwards mentally.


Much like the colors of Larry the Lobster's shorts, Perch Perkins' colors are inconsistent and have no default colors. Dave Cunningham explained on July 16, 2020, "We bounce back-and-forth between colors. There was never any decision made; just two different colors for no reason at all. There is no rhyme or reason to it. Sometimes we have him orange, sometimes we have him purple."[1] In his debut The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, he is a dark purple fish with a light lavender front. He also has black hair and dark purple lips. He wears a white dress shirt with a red necktie underneath a dark blue jacket with a golden button. He also usually carries a microphone and wears headphones. In "Once Bitten," he is an orange fish with a light orange front. He has dark orange lips and a lavender dress shirt with a dark purple necktie underneath a brown jacket with a black button. In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, his black hair appears to be a wig, however he still has black hair on the sides of his head which means that he is balding instead of being completely bald.

Role in series

Perch Perkins started off as a character in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie as a news reporter. He later became a recurring character in the series most commonly as a field reporter ever since "Once Bitten." He has not had any episodes revolving mainly around him so far, but makes many supporting roles in the series so far.

Major roles in movies

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Perch interviews Mr. Krabs about the opening of the Krusty Krab 2 while Plankton is jealous that Perch is interviewing Mr. Krabs. He later interviews Plankton when he starts selling Krabby Patties at the Chum Bucket with a free bucket helmet offer.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water

He appears on Sandy's television reporting about the apocalypse going on in Bikini Bottom ever since SpongeBob and Plankton left Bikini Bottom.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

He is reporting from Atlantic City about SpongeBob and Patrick's execution and Kelpy G's performance. He is also seen near the beginning of the film, eating a Krabby Patty at the Krusty Krab.

Major roles in episodes

"Once Bitten"

He reports on the Mad Snail Disease outbreak, where he interviews Squidward and Incidental 105 and then tells the Bikini Bottomites they are all doomed thanks to Gary.

"The Pink Purloiner"

He reports about the jellyfish migration at Jellyfish Fields until SpongeBob suddenly appears beside him and reports that his Ol' Reliable was stolen.

"Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob"

He is seen at the Krusty Krab reporting on the upcoming arrival of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.

"What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?"

He reports on the riot going on in Bikini Bottom ever since SpongeBob has gone missing where he gets shoved aside by Pirate 12. He later appears announcing the destruction in New Kelp City from the bubbles the citizens have blown and Pirate 12 then shoves him out of the way again and threatens to harm "CheeseHead BrownPants" for making bubble legal in the city again.

"Grooming Gary"

He briefly appears on SpongeBob's television announcing the news until SpongeBob suddenly walk right through him on the set while looking for Gary the Snail.

"Krusty Krushers"

He appears as the host at the Recreation Center announcing the fight of Champ 1 and Champ 2.

"Komputer Overload"

He announces about the destruction that Plankton's robot army is causing and say that they are heading towards the Krusty Krab right before Squidward shuts the television off.

"The Great Patty Caper"

He announces about the Krabby Patty secret formula being transported far away to a safer place.

"Tunnel of Glove"

He announces that SpongeBob and Pearl are trapped in the tunnel of glove and even speaks to Patrick through the television, annoyingly telling him that SpongeBob is stuck in the tunnel and may never escape.

"Frozen Face-Off"

The Realistic Fish Head and Perch Perkins announce on the news that a sled race is occurring in Bikini Bottom with the prize being one million dollars and that all of Bikini Bottom has entered.

"Chum Fricassee"

He promotes the Le Chum Bucket.

"It Came from Goo Lagoon"

He is seen asking beach-goers about what they think of all the goo bubbles, as well as asking Sandy to get all the information about the dangerous bubble.

"Plankton Retires"

Perch and the Bikini Bottom News interview Plankton about his evil scheme to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula.

"Krabby Patty Creature Feature"

He mutates into a Krabby Patty zombie by Squidward when he's about to interview SpongeBob in the dumpster.

"Cave Dwelling Sponge"

He is the narrator of the episode. He narrates a story about the caveman Spongy Spongy causing a rampage in the town, which causes SpongeBob to get put in jail for no reason.


  • An unidentified voice actor also voices him in the PC version of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie video game.
  • Despite the firewall between Nickelodeon and Paramount at the time Perch Perkins was introduced, he was allowed in the series, thus being the only element from the first movie that was allowed in the series.
    • Though, he was orange until the firewall lifted. This was likely done as a work-around to the firewall.
  • In the book Ice-Cream Dreams and the PC version of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie video game, Perch is colored green.