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Painty the Pirate, also referred to as Captain, is a painting of a pirate head with a parrot which appears at the beginning of all the episodes 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 patch over his left eye, an orange jacket, a skull-and-crossbones hat, and of course, a parrot on his left shoulder.
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).
He has appeared in every episode and movie, except The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
He is voiced by Patrick Pinney in most appearances except "Truth or Square?," in the "rejected" theme songs (Squidward Tentacles, Patrick Star, and Eugene H. Krabs).
According to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, he is an artist's rendition of Burger-Beard the Pirate.
- 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.
- It was painted by Calvin Liang according to Paul Tibbitt's twitter account.
- He is the only character, besides SpongeBob, to appear in every episode.
- Painty has appeared twice without his parrot. The first time was "Truth or Square" (in the episode's intro). The second time was "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water".