If you were looking for the article about the trenchbilly, then see Betsy.
Why, hello there!
— Betsy Krabs, "Sailor Mouth"

Betsy[1] "Mama"[2] Krabs[3] is the widow of the deceased Victor Krabs, the mother of Eugene H. Krabs, and the grandmother of Pearl Krabs and three grandsons (although they have never been seen onscreen with each other). The episodes that have featured her have shown her to be very strict and no-nonsense. She is voiced by Paul Tibbitt (despite being a male voice actor) in her first two appearances, and by Sirena Irwin in all her later appearances.


In the same manner, by which all octopodes on the show are modeled after Squidward, Mama Krabs is very similar to her son in terms of appearance. She has wrinkly light red skin, wears a purple dress (She sported a blue one in "Mid-Life Crustacean") and large blue glasses, and has a small patch of fluffy white hair. In "Friend or Foe," she looks no younger than in her other appearances. In "Sailor Mouth," she had a slightly male voice. In "Enemy In-Law," Mrs. Krabs is also known not to be greedy, like her son, for when Mr. Krabs greets her, he usually asks her how much money she wants.


Betsy Krabs was born to unknown parents, one of which might have been Mr. Krabs' grandma.

At some point, she married Victor Krabs.

The two had two children, Eugene Harold Krabs, who was born on November 30, 1942, and a daughter born either before or after Eugene's birth.

Victor Krabs either died between 1947 and the events of Friend or Foe or Victor divorced Betsy between those dates. If he divorced Betsy and their daughter was not an adult by that point, then he took their daughter with him.


  • In "Stanley S. SquarePants," in a scene, three nephews of Mr. Krabs are shown, who are a parody of Disney's Huey, Dewey and Louie. This would imply that Betsy Krabs has another son or daughter.
  • In "Enemy In-Law," Plankton falls in love with her due to her grandmotherly appearance.
  • Mama Krabs has a laugh strikingly similar to Popeye the Sailor Man.
  • In the episodes "Sailor Mouth" and "Mid-Life Crustacean" Betsy Krabs' voice sounds like an old woman version of Mr. Krabs (while played by Tibbitt), while in the episode "Enemy In-Law," "Spongicus," Friend or Foe," etc. she had a younger Scottish voice (while portrayed by Irwin).
  • It is shown in the episode "Enemy In-Law" she has large muscles after she learns that Plankton tricked her to get the Krabby Patty secret formula.
  • She appeared in the book Mother Knows Best with a different appearance. She wore a pink dress, lipstick, and no glasses and looked about the same age as her son.
  • She wanted to see SpongeBob and Patrick get mauled by the lionfish in "Spongicus." She even states that she "wants to see some body parts!" This shows she likes violence.
  • In "Enemy In-Law," at the end she falls in love with Plankton's giant robot but it is unknown if they got in a relationship.
  • She has not yet been seen interacting with her granddaughter Pearl.
  • Unlike her son and granddaughter, she doesn't seem to have much desire for money rather innocently asking her son only to be turned down.


  • "Am I really that pretty?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "I just wanted to see my favorite son?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "How did you know I wanted a hat? Have you been spying on me?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "Hello Eugene?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "Well, I did see the prettiest hat in town today?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "Oh, you're that giant robot?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "You should all be ashamed!" ("Sailor Mouth")
  • "I think you scallywags have earned a glass of lemonade. Ag-gah-gah-gah!" ("Sailor Mouth")
  • "If you're going to talk like sailors, then you're going to work like sailors!" ("Sailor Mouth")
  • "Boring! I want to see some body parts!" ("Spongicus")
  • "Eugene? What are you doing with my bloomers?" ("Mid-Life Crustacean")
  • "Oh dear, My poor old heart!" ("Sailor Mouth")
  • "The formula?! Is THAT what this is all about?!" (To Plankton, in "Enemy In-Law")
  • "YOW! My (old car horn) foot!" (Sailor Mouth)
  • "What? It's Old Man Jenkins in his jalopy." ("Sailor Mouth," after being scolded by Mr. Krabs)
  • "Eugene, Lights out!" (Mid-Life Crustacean)
  • "Eugene, you put me boyfriend down this instant!" (To her son, in "Enemy In-Law")
  • "Come, Plankton, I'm sorry me son has to spoil our romantic evening." (To Plankton, in "Enemy In-Law")
  • "I'm right here!" ("Spongicus")
  • "Go to your room, Mister! You're grounded for the rest of the night!" ("Mid-Life Crustacean")
  • "Well, how about the Krusty Krab? Tonight at 8:00?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "Isn't it nice, Eugene? It's just the one I wanted?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "Where did you get that old thing?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "You can take this one back to the trash heap?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "Thank ye for your concern for my finances, but me new boyfriend bought me this hat?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "I don't know. I'm meeting him here, tonight?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "Eugene!! What Did I Tell Ye About Interferin' In Me Life?" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "For your information, Eugene, he hasn't asked me once about the formula. I doubt that he even knows that I know it!!" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "I forbid ye to interfere in me private business. Go to your office, now!" ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "Oh Sheldon." ("Enemy In-Law")
  • "There you go, son. Your outfit's all finished. It's a good thing Old Man Jenkins was kind enough to spare his last washcloth." ("Friend or-Foe")


  1. ^ "Friend or Foe"
  2. ^ "Sailor Mouth"
  3. ^ Mother of Eugene H. Krabs and his unnamed sister
Crustaceans (VE)

Brain Crab CreatureDwight T. WadEugene H. KrabsFancy McGeeHuford BargainBottomJumbo ShrimpBetsy KrabsMr. Krabs' doubleMr. Krabs' grandmaMr. Krabs' nephewsKing KrabsLarry the LobsterPrehistoric KrabsGrandpa RedbeardShapiro The Matire'dShrimpSneaky HermitVictor KrabsMr. Krabs (Western)Johnny KrillCaptain TightwadUnnamed crabHermit Crab

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