Patchy the Pirate is a character from the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. He is a pirate who is president of the SpongeBob SquarePants fan club, who usually shows up to introduce special episodes of the series, accompanied by his pet parrot, Potty.

Appearances in Christmas specials

Patchy made his very first appearance at the beginning and end of the series' first Christmas episode, "Christmas Who?" As the special opens, Patchy is busy getting ready for Christmas, decorating his tree and trying to bake cookies (he does not manage to finish the latter task because Potty ends up eating all the cookie dough). When he reads a letter from an anonymous fan asking if SpongeBob enjoys Christmas just as much as he does, he explains that while SpongeBob does indeed enjoy the holiday, they did not always celebrate Christmas in Bikini Bottom. He then tells the story about Bikini Bottom's first Christmas.

Patchy also appears in the framing device for the series' second Christmas special, It's a SpongeBob Christmas!, in which he is depicted in stop-motion animation (rather than live-action). In a parody of the role of S. D. Kluger from Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, he hijacks a mail truck with the intention of delivering his letter to Santa himself, despite that he does not really know the directions to the North Pole. When the truck has its front tire punctured by a (literal) fork in the road and crashes into the bottom of a canyon, he has to continue on foot. He eventually hallucinates that he has found Santa and his workshop, but it is soon revealed that he has actually wandered into a hungry polar bear's cave.

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