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Anchovies are a large group of fish that have a variety of looks, but are normally thin, their heads make up half of their bodies, with their eyes being at the very top of their heads. Some of them appear to go to Bikini Bottom High School, where they are loved and adored by teenage girls. The most well known anchovies are Lenny and Mable-Monica. Other known anchovies include a nerdy anchovy named Billy Fishkins, a handsome anchovy named Brian Flounder, and an over-rated anchovy named Octavius Rex, whom Pearl once dated and is nicknamed "Long, Tan, and Handsome" even though the latter doesn't apply very well.
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.
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 talk normally. For example, Mable is an anchovy who is able to talk in English instead of saying "meep".