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They appear in Bikini Bottom often, as citizens, but appear in the episodes "Help Wanted," "The Play's the Thing," and "Accidents Will Happen" in large, ravenous groups that will stop at nothing. They are known to attack if not pleased. They are often background characters, but in some episodes they have more major roles. Some of them like Krabby Patties. In the episode "Help Wanted," they all went to the Krusty Krab to eat Krabby Patties.
The language of anchovies is very unique. They usually only say "meep", but in the episode "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic" they are able to say other things. They are loved around Bikini Bottom High School, but they cannot respond. It is shown that some anchovies are able to talk normally. For example, Mable is an anchovy who is able to talk in English instead of saying "meep".