Patchy the Pirate is a minor character in the SpongeBob SquarePants TV show. He also has a pet parrot named Potty. He hosts various SpongeBob TV specials.
He resides in a small home in Encino, California. His bedroom is filled with SpongeBob-themed items such as plush toys, collectibles, bedspreads, and pillows. He also wears SpongeBob underwear. He has a pet parrot, Potty, a string puppet whose strings are clearly shown and is known for poorly being controlled by the puppeteer. They tend to not get along, such as in "Ugh," where they fight over whether prehistory or the future is better. His next door neighbor, an elderly woman named Mrs. Johnson, has been known to make cookies for him, and he requests they be put in a doggy bag. He says he became president of the Fan Club by electing himself and accepting graciously.
Patchy is a stereotypical, intentionally pirate character. He has an eye patch and hook, which he frequently switches between eyes and hands, respectively. Patchy also has a black beard and wears a hat and other pirate accessories. In "The Sponge Who Could Fly", it is inferred that he must remove his hook and peg leg in order to take a shower. Patchy even has a spare foot, for when he goes outside. He is able to recover from virtually any injury such as being shot out of cannon and being bit by a dinosaur.
The live-action segments featuring Patchy and Potty typically appear at the beginning and end of the show, as well as immediately before or after commercial breaks. He was also in the big time rush special Big Time Beach Party. A logo sequence featuring Patchy appears at the start of "Have You Seen This Snail?," "Pest of the West", and "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?", identifying the episode as "a SpongeBob SquarePants special." Often, these segments will reflect the theme of the SpongeBob episode; in "Ugh", Patchy attempts to host the show in a prehistoric setting but is invaded by Potty's futuristic technology, and in "Friend or Foe," Patchy and Potty work in a fast food restaurant where they end up becoming enemies.
Other times, Patchy does things to seem more natural reflecting the episode. In "Christmas Who?," he was getting ready for Christmas. In the first airing of "Shanghaied," he hosted a voting contest in which the viewers got to pick the ending, via the phone or the internet. After the voting ended, it got changed to "Patchy's Pick", where he announces the episodes name, and opens fan mail. In "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," he and Potty steal a mail truck delivering letters to Santa, and end up getting lost. In "Truth or Square," he tries to find some celebrities for his "10th Anniversary of Spongebob" special. (This was really going on at that time.)