If you follow me on the Twitter, you may have noticed that I’ve decided to immerse myself in Spongebobbery this week. It just … feels right.
Before delving into the greater mysteries of Bikini Bottom, I want to make a shout-out, if you will, to my favorite extras on the show, and I don’t mean behind-the-scenes. I mean the fish who are in just as many episodes as Patrick, maybe even more than Sandy, floundering around in the background (ugh, that joke is fishy (I really hate myself sometimes)).
1. Old Man Jenkins
Oh wow, what a classic. He’s always wandering around blind and deaf and elderly. I love it. He’s like the adorable, shriveled fish grandpa I never had, and usually gets to make his own filler jokes. I hope they renew his contract for more money or consider doing a spin-off show so we can see more of his daily life.
2. That Surfer Guy
This fish always has an opinion, and it’s usually along the lines of “Woaaahhh.” What can I say, I enjoy consistency! Surfer Fish Dude remains the most positive of all the background fish, I think, because he is the only one who never joins the mobs. He just points out really obvious things and does a terrible SoCal accent, brah.
3. White Haired Sassy Fish
According to the Googlecorn, this fish is named Nancy, which makes no sense to me. I would name her Lotanda or Bathsheba or Queen Elizabeth. She is a pillar of strength, and can most commonly be found openly pointing and mocking Spongebob. Or eating Krabby Patties happily. Same thing.
4. Saggy Boob Lady
Much like Old Man Jenkins, this fish mostly wanders around helplessly, mistaking Spongebob for a tree and whatnot. Apparently, her real name is Mabel, which is actually quite fitting and kind of cute. Fingers crossed I look that good when I am 187 years old.
5. Big Meaty Claws Blue Guy Thing
First, we knew him as one of the only backgrounders of Bikini Bottom to wear both pants AND a shirt, but after the episode where the gang creates a band (more on that later) when he calls Mr. Krabs out for his “big meaty claws,” it’s hard to remember him for anything else. All of his appearances involve complaining: Big Meaty Claws Guy Thing has a bee in his bonnet 24/7, but this is why he is wonderful.
In my research for this post (three of my favorite Spongebob episodes on Netflix and about two minutes of Googling), I came across these other awesome/terrifying things:
A Complete List of All Background Characters Ever — Dedication at its finest. I am going to be looking at that way too much.
Also, these two pictures: one of what I would say are most of the memorable-est characters, and the other depicting the cast as real sea-life. (You might want to hold your breath before looking at that last one.)
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