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I can say anything and make it sound scary!
— The Flying Dutchman, "Shopping List"

The Flying Dutchman's ghost ship

The Flying Dutchman is a recurring character in SpongeBob SquarePants. He first appears physically in the episode "Scaredy Pants."


The Flying Dutchman is a ghost who has a green glow around him, yellow eyes with black irises, a scraggly beard, a pirate hat with a chunk taken out; a handbag marked "Souls," a droopy nose, a coat, little pigtails, and a ghostly tail, and also speaks with a West Country pirate accent. He has a sister named Sally Dutchman.

The Flying Dutchman Ha Ha

Flying Dutchman transforming



During all of his appearances, the Flying Dutchman proves to be anything but a "friendly ghost." Though his role in the series is to be the devil of the sea, he constantly varies from a sea demon to a restless soul or even as a psychopompic judge to the dead, the Flying Dutchman has been consistently shown to be gruff, malicious and even downright sadistic, scaring people and stealing their souls out simply for fun, and in his first full appearance, he attempted to steal the souls of everyone in the Krusty Krab simply because SpongeBob's ridiculous costume as the "Flying Dutchman" was the ultimate insult to his image. The latter trait shows that he's extremely prideful.

Despite his antisocial behavior and malevolence, the Flying Dutchman isn't pure evil or without companionship.

He has a number of ghost friends[1] and has the capability to bond with other people in case they have the same interests or objectives[1][2] (mostly SpongeBob). He is also a notorious womanizer,[1][3] with not even mortal women being free from his teasers (though the former episode implies that he's divorced). While the Flying Dutchman takes strong delight in scaring people, he doesn't live exclusively to haunt mortals, having sometimes tormented them only out of boredom (scaring SpongeBob for months to wait for his ship to be fully repaired), or otherwise because someone provoked him.[3][4] Although, he is no saint, the Flying Dutchman has a strong sense of justice and has been known to award people for good deeds done towards him [5] or to punish wicked souls (taking his role as a Psychopomp very seriously[6]), and has been known to keep promises as seen in "Shanghaied," when he grants three wishes to SpongeBob and the gang in exchange for his sock.

Powers and abilities

The Flying Dutchman is shown to be one of the most powerful supernatural beings in the ocean, rivaling King Neptune. Though The Flying Dutchman's skills vary from episode to episode, he has been consistently capable to levitate, and teleport in a cloud of smoke preceded by a storm. In his first appearance, he is shown to be capable of stealing souls and fire-breathing through his nose. He has also shown to be capable of opening dimensional portals to banish his enemies.[7][8] He has shown to be capable of manipulating matter (even turning SpongeBob and Patrick into ghosts[3] and making objects appear out of thin air) and granting wishes.[7][9]

However, of all his incarnations, his most "frightening" appearance was in "Ghost Host," where he was able to shape shift into numerous horrific forms and warped reality effortlessly. The only limitation to his powers regards his ghost tail. Despite being a champion in looping for centuries, he has long forgotten how to tie his shoes and it's later shown that he can't eat without his "dining sock."

But the most powerful thing he can do is seen in Ghoul Fools, he takes out one of his eyes and transforms into an atomic bomb, the nuclear power of this attack is so powerful that the explosion will send the victims to the void, but this can also kill him despite him being a ghost, because he isn't seen in any other episode after this. This means that it is a one-time occurrence.

Video games

The Flying Dutchman makes appearances in nearly all SpongeBob video games.

Legend of the Lost Spatula

The Flying Dutchman appears as the final boss.


He also appears as a boss.

Operation Krabby Patty

He appears as an enemy.

The Yellow Avenger

He is in Rock Bottom and gives SpongeBob a mission to find his 3 keys for him.

He is the main antagonist of Revenge of the Flying Dutchman and Dutchman's Dash.

Nicktoons Unite

The Flying Dutchman plots to make the Nicktoons heroes his new crew, but releases them when they find his old crew.

SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis

The Flying Dutchman's head appears in the Bikini Bottom Museum as an object SpongeBob must photograph.

Nicktoons MLB

The Flying Dutchman appears as a playable character.

Nicktoons Freeze Frame Frenzy

He makes a cameo as an out of place character you must photograph.

Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition

The Flying Dutchman has been tricked by Doodle Patrick into thinking that SpongeBob, Squidward, Patrick, and DoodlePants were his enemies. But when Doodle Patrick takes control of his ship, he realizes he's been tricked and relies on DoodlePants to stop him.

Battle for Bikini Bottom

He also appears as a mini-boss in the game where the player plays in his ship, trying to stop the Robot Ship.

Plankton's Robotic Revenge

Although he does not appear, a level called "Dutchman's Triangle," which is named after him.

SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis Squareoff

He did appears in the flash game as a enemy.


  • "You?! Scary?! Ha ha ha!", —Flying Dutchman [Episode reference needed]
  • "I haven't worn shoes for over 5,000 years! But sometimes, I like to wear this sock over me ghostly tail."
  • "Fruit prevents scurvy!" - "Shanghaied"
  • "We have so much in common. You like teddy bears, I like teddy bears. You like ponies, I like ponies."
  • "Behold, the pretzel knot. The double diamond knot, the square knot, the constrictor ... the gut knot, the pillow knot, the butterfly knot."
  • "Wait there's more. The monkey's chain, the monkey's fist, the monkey! This one here's a loop knot, also known as the poop loop!"
  • "You give me back the sock, and I give you, three wishes."
  • "Who dares disturb the Flying Dutchman?!"
  • "Insulting a man's ship be worse than insulting his mother."
  • "Who so ever sets foot on the Flying Dutchman's ship uninvited or otherwise shall become members of his ghostly crew forever and, uh, ever."
  • "It'll be grueling, mind-numbing and repetitive just like...... daytime television."
  • "Howl with me so that we might set the seven seas ablaze with fear!!!"
  • "I don't want to look younger, I HATE youth."
  • " I'll probably get pimples again."
  • "Who dares to laugh at All Hallow's Eve?!"
  • "Scary equals funny? Aaaaaahhhhhhhhh!" - "The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom"

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  • He is named after the legendary ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman, and seems to resemble the famous pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach) or the ship's captain and mythological character Davey Jones, although according to the legend of the Flying Dutchman the ship's captain is a man by the name of Willem van Der Decken.
  • The beginning of his theme sounds like the opening of "Duel of the Fates", from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
  • A LEGO version of the Flying Dutchman appeared in a SpongeBob SquarePants LEGO set called "The Flying Dutchman " which included his ship.
  • He doesn't like it when his beard is shaved off because he fears he would get pimples again.
  • It's also said his beard grows in 1,000 years, but it grew back in several months. His claim could be an exaggeration, though.
  • In "The Curse of Bikini Bottom," he looks through his closet for a shirt and finds one that is sentimental because he says "It was the shirt I was buried in." However, in "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost," his origin, from the comic book, says he was never buried and his body was used as a window display so technically, it is impossible for the shirt to be the one he was buried in.
    • However, he may have indeed been buried eventually, and he remains as a ghost due to having been one for so long.
  • The Flying Dutchman says he hasn't worn shoes for 5,000 years, so which means that he could be over 5,000 years old.[2] That's older than King Neptune, because he is 5,000 years old.[10]
  • The Flying Dutchman has to have his Dining Sock on to eat.
  • In "Shanghaied," it is shown he has a monocle to read
  • The Flying Dutchman appears to sometimes get emotional, though this very rarely happens.[1]
  • The Flying Dutchman was absent in both seasons 9 and 10. He returned after a 6-year disappearance in the season 11 Halloween special "The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom." He would not appear in cartoon form again until "Shopping List" also in Season 11.


Characters (VE)


SpongeBobPatrickSandySquidwardMr. KrabsPlanktonGary


Mrs. PuffPearlKarenMermaid ManBarnacle BoyLarry the LobsterSquilliam FancysonJohnny ElaineFlying DutchmanPatchy the PiratePotty the ParrotKing NeptunePainty the Pirate

Major Background

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