Arr, I be just a paintin' of a head.
— Painty the Pirate, "Your Shoe's Untied"

Painty the Pirate, also referred to as Captain, is a painting of a pirate's head with a parrot, who appears at the beginning of the show's opening sequence and sings the "SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song."


His painted mouth is replaced by a live-action mouth, giving him the appearance of talking. The real lips in the painting are the lips of Stephen Hillenburg, the show's creator.

He has a black patch over his left eye, an orange jacket, green eyes, a white shirt, a black skull-and-crossbones hat, and of course, a green parrot on his left shoulder.


If counting the intro, Painty has appeared in every episode, except for some of the specials which don't start with the theme song. He appears in the second movie, but not first one.

Painty also catapults the rider into the attraction by reaching and grabbing onto you on SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: Ride, after saying "In you go!"

He is voiced by Patrick Pinney in most appearances except "Truth or Square", in the "rejected" theme songs in the former (Squidward Tentacles, Patrick Star, and Eugene H. Krabs, where Bob Joles voices him.

Major appearances

Besides being in the theme, he also makes appearances in "Your Shoe's Untied" and "Wet Painters" (although he only appears as an inanimate painting).


According to "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," he is an artist's rendition of Burger Beard the Pirate.


  • "Are you ready kids?"
  • "I can't hear you."
  • "Ohhhhh."
  • "Arrr, I be just a painting of a head."
  • "Good. In you go!"


  • In "Truth or Square", the original painting of Painty is replaced by a talking fortune teller-like dummy, voiced by Cee-Lo Green.
  • He is often mistaken for Patchy the Pirate due to the similarities in each other's names.
    • There is even a set of official Top Trumps cards in which Patchy's card has a picture of Painty instead.
  • It was painted by Calvin Liang, according to Paul Tibbitt's twitter account.
  • Painty has appeared one time without his parrot. The first time was "Truth or Square" (in the episode's intro).
  • His dummy version is much different than his painting, in fact, it's very similar to Patchy The Pirate's animated version, which appears in "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"
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