Hans[1] is a character who appears in the theme song of SpongeBob SquarePants and some episodes. He is a human hand, and it is revealed in the episode "Model Sponge" that he has no body. His name is used as a play on the word "hands."


Hans is a pinkish white hand, with the fingers folded together. His sleeve can be presumed as part of a naval jacket (Which would make sense, considering the theme of the show). He has a German accent.


In the theme song of the show, he can be seen briefly, handing SpongeBob his pants.


This episode marks Hans' first role in the series. He appears in cutscenes, where he uses SpongeBob and Patrick as cleaning tools.

"Imitation Krabs"

SpongeBob realizes how he chose the wrong Mr. Krabs, and goes out to retrieve the real one, which he had covered with tartar sauce and served with fries. However, upon exiting the Krusty Krab to retrieve him, he sees that Hans is trying to eat him with a fork. When SpongeBob grabs the cart and wheels him in, Hans disappears into the sky. Whether that was a different German hand or Hans was mysteriously above water and gigantic, is unknown.

"Christmas Who?"

Hans appears in the live-action Patchy segment where Hans rings a bell three times to signify to Patchy that its time for him to open fan mail.

"Party Pooper Pants"

Hans was seen as rocket in the song Underwater Sun.


Mr. Krabs, during his breakdown, sucks on Hans' thumb.

"Model Sponge"

Hans is the hand that can be seen in the New Sponge commercial. He uses SpongeBob to scrub dirty surfaces. However, SpongeBob resists Hans when he wants to clean the grotesque toilet with him. Later, when SpongeBob goes to work at the Krusty Krab again, Hans can be seen using the bathroom there. Why Mr. Krabs would allow him in his establishment after the events of "Imitation Krabs," and how a severed Human Arm can use the restroom, is unknown.

Video game appearances

SuperSponge (PS Version)

Hans is seen in the end of into for the game.

Revenge of the Flying Dutchman (GBA Version)

Hans is seen Putting SpongeBob at the start of any level.

Battle for Bikini Bottom

He catches SpongeBob, Sandy, and Patrick if they ever try to cross the dotted red line or fall into an abyss. He is also seen in the GBA Version but as a rocket to get SpongeBob across.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie video game

Whenever SpongeBob or Patrick fall or drift off course, or fail to make it to a checkpoint or area on time when riding in vehicle, Hans catches them and they respawn back on course to retry.

SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis (DS Version)

He is seen in the minigame "Magic Treasure Ride," trying To block Mr. Krabs to get money.

Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition

Hans is seen taking the player's character away whenever the player makes it to the end of a stage.

SpongeBob's Truth or Square (DS Version)

Hans is seen in the minigame "Buns-a-Blazin," where he is seen taking the ingredients for the Krabby Patty.


  • In many translations of "Hans" throughout SpongeBob SquarePants history, his name remains the same. This, however, means Hans' name does not pun on anything in the translations.
    • In the Croatian dub, Hans' name is "Rukavina", which is a common Croatian surname, translating to "HANDvina."


  1. ^ "Suds." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. January 17, 2000. Television.