Potty the Parrot is Patchy the Pirate's pet parrot, who acts as his sidekick and co-host. The name "Potty" is a parody of the popular parrot saying "Polly wanna cracker." Potty is a crudely designed marionette with strings. Potty is an obnoxious nuisance and normally annoys Patchy. Potty first appears in the episode "Christmas Who?"
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 his 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.
Potty's gender is ambiguous. Potty lays an egg in "The Sponge Who Could Fly," which only female parrots can do, and is referred to as a female in two books. However, Patchy has also said "his" when referring to Potty in "Friend or Foe." When asked about Potty's gender, Vincent Waller said: "It is only a puppet, with no tell tale signs of gender."
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.