Patrick Star is a fictional character in the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. He is voiced by Bill Fagerbakke and first appeared in the series' pilot episode, "Help Wanted", which premiered on May 1, 1999. Patrick was created and designed by animator Stephen Hillenburg. Patrick's most significant character trait is his lack of common sense, which sometimes makes him a negative influence on his best friend, SpongeBob SquarePants.

Role in SpongeBob SquarePantsEdit

Patrick is depicted as a pink starfish who is dimwitted, overweight, lazy, immature, forgetful, unmannerly, and generally ignorant. He has been shown to make many idiotic mistakes such as forgetting how to eat, and not realizing that the character Sandy Cheeks is a female.[6] Despite this, he has occasionally been portrayed as somewhat of a savant, with articulate observance to certain subjects in specific detail. However, he always reverts quickly back to his usual, unintelligent self after displaying the moment of wisdom.[7] He holds no form of occupation except for several very brief stints working at the Krusty Krab in a variety of positions (often unpaid),[8] and mostly spends his days either clowning around with SpongeBob or lounging beneath the rock under which he resides. At home, Patrick is typically depicted either sleeping (stuck to the bottom of his rock), watching TV (whether the TV is actually on or not), or engaged in the "art of doing nothing," at which he is apparently an expert.[9] All the furnishings in the space under his rock are made of sand, and Patrick can simply opt to quickly build up furniture as needed; even so, his living space is sparse and contains only the barest essentials.[1] Aside from best friend SpongeBob, who is often impressed by Patrick's capacity to come up with naive yet genius plans or solutions, Patrick frequently irritates those around him and is confounded by the simplest of questions or subjects. The characters of Mr. Krabs and Squidward Tentacles have no patience for Patrick's stupidity, and don't pay him much regard. Sandy Cheeks often gets annoyed by Patrick, but still sees him as a friend.