Sergeant Sam Roderick[1] is a strict and authoritarian instructor who appears in the episode "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired."


He is a dark gray buff male shark with a light gray dorsal fin. He wears an olive green shirt, dark green pants with a dark brown belt with a golden buckle, an olive green hat, and dark brown boots.


Roderick's personality is that of a stereotypical drill sergeant who is very serious about his job.

Role in episode

He replaces Mrs. Puff after she is fired from her position as driving instructor, due to SpongeBob's stupidity and failing too many driving tests. While teaching SpongeBob, Roderick's strict training technique of forcing SpongeBob to complete the course blind-folded allows SpongeBob to drive perfectly. However, when SpongeBob begins his official driving test, Sam doesn't allow SpongeBob to wear a blindfold, despite SpongeBob's training only being done with one. SpongeBob then reverts to his old ways, rampaging across the city. Roderick, in an attempt to stop the dangerous driving of SpongeBob, sacrifices himself to stop the boat, stating that he wants Gunther Fitz to tell his wife that he loves her. His attempt was unsuccessful, and he was hit by the boat, with his fate remaining unknown. His name was never said in the episode.


  • "Jumping jellyfish..."
  • "No eating in my classroom!"
  • "Looks like you're the man, Sponge."
  • "Come get some!"
  • "Affirmative! But before you learn to drive, you must learn to crawl, and then you learn to walk, and you learn to run. But before you learn to walk, you must learn to crawl. I want you to crawl!"


  • Sergeant Sam Roderick's name is never mentioned in the episode, but the credits reveal what his name is.
  • Even though Roderick is said to be a sergeant, the insignia on his shoulder shows that he is a Corporal.
  • His portrayer also voiced Zaeed from the Mass Effect series.
  • Sam is similar to Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from the 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket, due to having a similar personality.


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