Potty the Parrot is Patchy the Pirate's pet parrot, whose name is a parody of the popular parrot saying "Polly wanna cracker." Potty is a crudely designed marionette with very obvious strings. Potty is obnoxious and normally annoys Patchy. The character was originally portrayed by SpongeBob SquarePants series creator Stephen Hillenburg until 2004. After Hillenburg left the show for a while, crew member Paul Tibbitt was given the role of voice acting Potty in 2005. On September 10, 2015, Vincent Waller said in a Twitter reply that there were no plans of making Stephen Hillenburg voice Potty again. Later, on March 10, 2016, Vincent Waller said in another Twitter reply that Stephen Hillenburg has gotten expressed interest in not being the voice of Potty. As of 2017, Potty is voiced by Mr. Lawrence.
Potty is a marionette parrot character in the series and the co-host of Patchy the Pirate. Potty appears in every episode that features Patchy.
Rivalry with Patchy
Despite being labeled as Patchy's friend, Potty is a frequent pest to Patchy, and is often an antagonist in his live-action segments, although they usually make up by the end of the episode.
In "Shanghaied," Potty shoots Patchy out of a cannon. In "Ugh," Potty ruins Patchy's Cave Man Show by becoming a futuristic cyborg and bringing in a robot. At the end of the show, Potty gives Patchy a pet T. rex as an "apology present." In "Friend or Foe," Patchy and Potty get into a fight while working as fry cooks, temporarily ending their friendship, which makes Patchy upset. Patchy compares this to how Plankton and Mr. Krabs became enemies, starting the main story of that episode. In "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," Patchy finds Santa's Workshop, but it turns out to be a Polar Bear's cave while Potty manages to find the real Santa's Workshop and he laughs at Patchy, along with Santa.
Potty has been damaged and/or destroyed on multiple occasions, but he always returns in the next scene or episode. In "Christmas Who?," Patchy cuts the strings that Potty is attached to, causing the puppet to fall to the ground. Later in that same episode, Patchy pulls on the strings, causing what seems to be a cast member to fall from the ceiling. Again in the same episode, Potty eats too much cookie dough and breaks apart from the weight, leaving only Potty's head intact. At the end of the "Patchy's Pick" segment from "Shanghaied," Potty is blown up by dynamite.
In Croatian dub, Potty's name is Pero. This translates to "feather" and is a common name for a bird in Croatia.
Potty's gender is unknown. Potty lays an egg in "The Sponge Who Could Fly," which only female parrots can do, and is referred to as a female in two books. However, Patchy has also said "his" when referring to Potty in "Friend or Foe." When asked about Potty's gender, Vincent Waller said: "It is only a puppet, with no tell tale signs of gender."