Perch Perkins is a famous field reporter who works for the Bikini BottomNews. He and the Realistic Fish Head are coworkers and good friends; Perch reports news live on the scene, while the Realistic Fish Head stays in the newsroom and acts as a newsreader.
Perch was first introduced in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, where he has 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," after which his orange model is used interchangeably with his purple one; 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."
Perch Perkins is usually a purple fish who wears a dark purple coat and silver headphones. He wears a black wig but still appears to have black hair on either sides of his head which means that he is balding rather than being entirely bald.
From "Once Bitten" until "Squid Plus One," Perch was always colored light orange with a reddish-brown coat. This color scheme is also used interchangeably with the purple one in various episodes. In the book Ice-Cream Dreams and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie game, Perch is colored green. He also wears a white undershirt and a red tie, and has dark purple lips.