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" because of a firewall between Nickelodeon and Paramount content. This resulted in elements from the movie, such as Perch's original color scheme, not being able to be used until 2015, when the wall was lifted. Perch's orange model is still able to be used interchangeably with his purple one.
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.