Potty the Parrot is Patchy the Pirate's pet parrot, who acts as the co-host of SpongeBob SquarePants. The name "Potty" is a parody of the popular parrot saying "Polly wanna cracker." Potty is a crudely designed marionette with strings who is usually obnoxious and annoying toward Patchy.
Potty's gender is ambiguous. In SpongeBob Airpants, female pronouns are used for Potty throughout, like "Potty flapped her wings." Potty lays eggs in "Christmas Who?" and "The Sponge Who Could Fly," which only female parrots can do. Potty's name is a play on Polly, a female name. However, Patchy says "his" when referring to Potty in the fifth-season episode "Friend or Foe." When asked about Potty's gender in 2017, Vincent Waller said: "It is only a puppet, with no tell tale signs of gender."
Potty's voice is raspy and high-pitched. The voice was provided by the series' creator, Stephen Hillenburg, until he left the show in 2004. Paul Tibbitt took over the role until he also left the show in 2015. Since season 10, the character has been voiced by Doug Lawrence.
Potty is a marionette parrot character in the series and the co-host with Patchy the Pirate. Potty appears alongside Patchy whenever he hosts a special episode.
Potty is usually shown to be sarcastic and snarky towards Patchy, forming a rivalry between the two. However, after their squabbles, they usually forgive each other and remain friends.
Rivalry with Patchy
Despite being labeled as Patchy's best friend, Potty is a frequent pest to Patchy, and is sometimes an antagonist in the live-action segments, although they usually make up by the end of the episode.
In "Shanghaied," Potty shoots Patchy out of a cannon.
In "Ugh," Potty ruins Patchy's caveman show by becoming a futuristic cyborg and bringing in a robot. At the end of the show, Potty gives Patchy a pet T. rex as an "apology present."
In "Friend or Foe," Patchy and Potty get into a fight while working as fry cooks at The Poop Deck, temporarily ending their friendship, which makes Patchy upset. Patchy compares this to how Plankton and Mr. Krabs became enemies, starting the main story of the episode.
In "Feral Friends," Potty bites Patchy's hand after agreeing to forgive him.
Potty has been damaged and/or destroyed on multiple occasions, but always returns in the next scene or episode.
In "Christmas Who?," Patchy cuts the strings that Potty is attached to, causing the puppet to fall to the ground. Later in that same episode, Patchy pulls on the strings, causing what seems to be a cast member to fall from the ceiling. Again in the same episode, Potty eats too much cookie dough and breaks apart from the weight, leaving only Potty's head intact.
At the end of the "Patchy's Pick" segment from "Shanghaied," Potty is blown up by dynamite.
"It's Squidward, silly!"
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In the Croatian dub, Potty's name is Pero, which translates to "feather" and is a common name for a bird in Croatia.
Jonathan Silsby was credited as the string puppeteer for Potty from 2000 to 2004. Since then, the controller of Potty's strings has been uncredited.
In 2015, Vincent Waller stated on Twitter there were no plans of making Stephen Hillenburg voice Potty again. Stephen Hillenburg's death on November 26, 2018 only further proves as to why he cannot voice Potty ever again.