Perch Perkins is a famous field reporter who works for the Bikini BottomNews. He and the Realistic Fish Head are coworkers; Perch reports news live on the scene, while the Realistic Fish Head stays in the newsroom and acts as a newsreader.
Perch was created as a new character for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, in which he is seen with a purple color scheme. He later became a supporting character in the main series. In the show, he debuted in the season 4 episode "Once Bitten." He was recolored orange from this episode until "Squid Plus One" because of a "firewall" between Nickelodeon and Paramount content. This resulted in assets from the movie, such as Perch's original color scheme, not being able to be used until 2015, when the wall was lifted. Despite this, Perch is still orange in the 2017 episode "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?" due to it starting production much earlier.
Perch Perkins is usually a purple fish who wears a dark purple coat and silver headphones. He wears a purplish-black wig but still appears to have purplish-black hair on either sides of his head which means he is balding. From "Once Bitten" until "Squid Plus One," as well as in the video game Nicktoons MLB, Perch is colored light orange with a reddish-brown coat. In the book Ice-Cream Dreams, Perch is colored green. He also has a white undershirt and a red tie, and has dark purple lips.
He is also seen in "It Came from Goo Lagoon" as a reporter 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.
"Hello, Bikini Bottom! Perch Perkins here, coming to you live from the front of the Krusty Krab restaurant, for years the only place to get a delicious and mouthwatering Krabby Patty. Until today, that is. That's right, folks. Longtime owner Mr. Krabs is opening a new restaurant called the Krusty Krab 2. First of all, congratulations, Mr. Krabs." —The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
"What inspired you to build a second Krusty Krab right next door to the original?" —The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
"Perch Perkins reporting live from Downtown Bikini... Bottom. Complete chaos here today as out town attempts to deal with a sudden and complete shortage of Krabby Patties. Whoa! Events here have this reporter wondering, What is the secret ingredient in Krabby Patties, anyway?" —The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water