Drop on the deck and flop like a fish!
— Realistic Fish Head, SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song

The Realistic Fish Head[1][2] (also known as Mister Fish,[3] Johnny,[4] T. McTrout,[5] Elaine, and Mr. Fish[6]) is a tuna who works as an announcer and anchorman in Bikini Bottom. He usually sits at a news desk while his coworker, Perch Perkins, reports live on the scene. He also narrates Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's show and sings in the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song.

He is normally voiced by Doug Lawrence. His quiet voice in "Suction Cup Symphony" is provided by Tom Kenny, who also played the conductor. In "No Free Rides," Dee Bradley Baker voices him but is uncredited, with Doug Lawrence still credited for the role.


He is a dark blue and dark brown realistic fish head with brown eyes. His likeness is made from a photograph of an Atlantic bluefin tuna. According to "The Sponge Who Could Fly" audio commentary, the Realistic Fish Head was based on a fish that Stephen Hillenburg bought at meeting in Los Angeles.


He likes to introduce himself as "Realistic Fish Head," in place of a real name. His name is said to be Johnny in the video games Battle for Bikini Bottom and Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated, where he is the announcer for the main boss fights. In "The Great Patty Caper," his name is given as Elaine. In "Toonz2Nite" bumpers for the UK Nicktoons channel, his nameplate reads "T. McTrout" instead, and he is called "T. McTrout of Trout TV News." In SpongeBob's Nicktoon Summer Splash, SpongeBob and Patrick introduce him as "Mister Fish" several times.

Role in series

The Realistic Fish Head has also been the announcer at other events, such as the 21st Fry Cook Games. He is the narrator of the King of Karate video in "Karate Island," the narrator of the championship "boxing" games, and voices the loudspeaker at the Bikini Bottom Zoo in "The Smoking Peanut."

In addition to announcing events in Bikini Bottom, the Realistic Fish Head also serves as a news anchor for the Bikini Bottom News. Most of the news reports he gives are about disasters in the town, such as in "Wormy," where he warns the town about the "monster." He also appears in the episode "Safe Deposit Krabs," where he announces the opening of the Bank of Bikini Bottom Bank.

He also appears during the theme song, when the line "Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish" is sung.

Role in video games

Revenge of the Flying Dutchman

He appears in the intro of the GBA version.

Battle for Bikini Bottom/Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated

He regularly appears to provide the player with news updates when they enter new parts of Bikini Bottom (SpongeBob's house, Shady Shoals Rest Home, and the Chum Bucket). He also provides color commentary when the player is in a boss battle at the Poseidome, Industrial Park, and Chum Bucket Lab.

Lights, Camera, Pants!

His voice is heard in the movie scenes throughout the game.

Creature from the Krusty Krab

He is seen on Patrick's TV on the opening to the level "Starfishman to the Rescue."

Hero's Choice

He narrates each level.


Toonz2Nite McTrout 1

The Realistic Fish Head hosting Trout TV News as "T. McTrout"

  • His voice actor, Doug Lawrence, refers to him as "the fish announcer."[7]
  • He is one of the two Bikini Bottom's best-known reporters, along with Perch Perkins.
  • When he is reporting news when it is snowy in Bikini Bottom, he can be seen wearing a snow hat.
  • In the Toonz2Nite bumpers that aired on Nicktoons UK in 2004, the Realistic Fish Head was the host. He reported on land from a news station called Trout TV News.
  • He replaced Incidental 27 in the final draft of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II during the announcement regarding the winner of the weekly MM and BB contest.


Recurring characters (VE)

Supporting cast

PatchyPottyFrench NarratorMermaid ManBarnacle BoyFlying DutchmanKing NeptuneLarry the LobsterHarold SquarePantsMargaret SquarePantsGrandma SquarePantsRealistic Fish HeadPerch PerkinsBikini BottomitesJellyfish

Other recurring characters

Betsy KrabsBubble BassBurger BeardDirty BubbleHansMan RayMrs. TentaclesOld Man JenkinsRubeShelleySpotSquilliam Fancyson

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (VE)
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