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Old Man Jenkins is an elderly fish who appears in many episodes, often as a side gag, beginning with "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy."


He has been voiced by Tom Kenny, Doug Lawrence, and regularly by Dee Bradley Baker. In the episodes "Friend or Foe," "The Main Drain," and "Séance Shméance," he is taller, has a beard, and is dark green. He also does not wear glasses in those episodes.


Old Man Jenkins' personality depends on which version he is. However, most of the time, he is a quiet, yet adventurous and ambitious elder fish.

He dislikes flying machines.[1]

Antagonistic side

  • In "The Sponge Who Could Fly," SpongeBob accidentally causes accidents for Old Man Jenkins, causing him to change his profession, from Farmer to Sailor, and then to Cannonball, where he shoots SpongeBob down.
  • In "High Sea Diving," Old Man Jenkins tricks the Bikini Bottomites into believing he is King Neptune and proclaims himself as ruler of the sea. However, when the real King Neptune appears, he is not impressed with the lies Jenkins proclaimed. As punishment, Neptune zaps the deluded old man with his trident, burning him to a crisp.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants musical, Old Man Jenkins leads an angry mob against Sandy after believing she was the cause of the volcano about to erupt.

Role in series

His name is a character name used in various episodes as a running gag. His name is first mentioned in "Sailor Mouth." The name was originally applied to the elderly green fish, who appears commonly throughout the series, but in other episodes, the name "Old Man Jenkins" has been used for completely different characters, such as a green fish in a wheelchair and a blue fish in overalls. The name is always referred to elderly fish.


"My Pretty Seahorse"

When SpongeBob is trying to help Mystery feel better, she burps up Old Man Jenkins, who is blue and in a wheelchair.

"Friend or Foe"

Old Man Jenkins was Mr. Krabs' neighbor during his childhood. Mr. Krabs and Plankton ask him to try their burger, and when he does, it kills him. Since the show lacks continuity, he is still shown in newer episodes.


  • There is also an Old Man Jenkins in the console version of Creature From the Krusty Krab. He seems to resemble Cannonball Jenkins the most.
  • He has a barn in "The Sponge Who Could Fly."
  • In "Snail Mail," he almost chokes to death on a Krabby Patty. Also, SpongeBob mistakes Old Man Jenkins for his penpal in this appearance.
  • In the Croatian dub, he has various names. In "The Sponge Who Could Fly," his name is "Jurica." In "Friend or Foe," his name is "Johnny" (or Džoni), and in "The Main Drain," his name is "Jure."
  • A character with the same name is mentioned in the Alvin and the Chipmunks episode "Safety Third."
  • In 2018, Vincent Waller stated on Twitter that as of season 11, the skinny green version of Old Man Jenkins is the only one called by that name.[2] For identification purposes, the production crew now calls the fat version "Old Man Walker" instead.[3]
  • Since "High Sea Diving," the skinny green Old Man Jenkins has been consistently voiced by guest star John Gegenhuber.


Characters (VE)


SpongeBobPatrickSandySquidwardMr. KrabsPlanktonGary


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

Major Background

Bubble BassFredHaroldNat PetersonOld Man JenkinsSandalsTomNorma Rechid