The Drifter is a character who only appears in the episode "No Weenies Allowed." He drifts along towns, finding tough clubs, based by his name. He somehow knows that the Salty Spitoon's patrons are pretty tough.
The Drifter looks exactly like SpongeBob, only he has thick, glossy, black hair. Another similarity to SpongeBob is that he is also voiced by Tom Kenny. The Drifter claims to be tough, though Reg never tells him to prove it before letting him enter the Salty Spitoon. He pulls his hair, but it never hurts the Drifter, implying that he is quite tough.
When the Drifter asks to go into the Salty Spitoon, Reg thinks he is SpongeBob wearing a wig and tries to pull the Drifter's hair off, but when the real SpongeBob appears wearing a rainbow wig, Reg apologetically fixes the Drifter's hair and lets him in.