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Pearl Krabs | SpongeBob SquarePants

Pearl Krabs smiling and watching a boy band sing to her

Pearl Krabs is one of the main characters in the Nickelodeon SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon. Pearl is a young whale and Mr. Krabs’ daughter. He is the frugal owner of Bikini Bottom’s top restaurant, the Krusty Krab.

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Background

Pearl SpongeBob’s parents are Eugene H Krabs and Mrs. Krabs. When she was born, Mr. Krabs bought a banner to celebrate “It’s A Boy,” which was on sale. He crossed off “Boy” and wrote “Girl” to save a few bucks. 

Throughout the series, Eugene Krabs continues to pinch pennies and try to save money on her birthdays. On one birthday, Mr. Krabs gets Pearl one balloon for her and all her friends to share, and at another party, he hands out paperclips as party favors. 

Pearl starts small but quickly outgrows her father as a teenager, and Mr. Krabs’s money-saving schemes keep following her. As a teen, rather than going to Mrs. Puff’s Boating School, her father teaches her how to drive to save the cost of going to school. 

Pearl looking at a long list of her father's rules

Later in high school, Pearl did very well in class and is considered very smart. She also joins the cheer team and enjoys cheering all over Bikini Bottom. 

As Pearl gets wiser and older, the possibility of going to college is exciting to her father. One day Mr. Krabs would like Pearl to take over the family business and run the Krusty Krab. 

Besides school and cheer, Pearl also enjoys other hobbies. 

No Boys Allowed sign at Pearl's house

One of Pearl’s favorite stores is Grandma’s Apron, located in the Bikini Bottom Mall. 

Pearl works there as an assistant, and while she is there, she loves baking cookies, knitting clothes, and relaxing in the store’s rocking chair.

Pearl is good friends with SpongeBob and Patrick Star, and she sees Squidward Tentacles as her uncle, who she lovingly refers to as Uncle Squiddy.

Pearl Krabs talk to Mr. Krabs

Pearl lives in a hollowed-out anchor with her father, and her bedroom is just as fun and colorful as the teenage room! The Krabs’ home has a nautical theme and many wooden features.

On the other hand, Pearl’s room has teal, floral wallpaper on the walls and a pink, fuzzy carpet. Pearl also has hung some of her favorite things, such as sports pennants, posters, and photos of her surfing on the ocean’s surface.

Character Strengths and Abilities

Pearl is a very intelligent whale and many fan’s favorite character. She is excellent at math, and Mr. Krabs has been trying to get her to be the Krusty Krab bookkeeper for some time. But Pearl is still a teenager, so she spends much of her time at the mall.

Pearl is the opposite of her father, and she enjoys spending large amounts of money at a time and trying to fit in with the other kids attending Bikini Bottom High School.

She is very friendly, happy, and always in high spirits. She also has a lot of athletic talent! She is a good cheerleader and often carries her pompoms wherever she goes.

Pearl and Mr. Krabs on her 16th birthday

Her cheering can get a little dangerous because she is so big that the building she is in always shakes whenever she tries a cheer skill. Besides math and cheer, Pearl is also a pianist and a saxophonist.

In season 8, we discover that Pearl holds bubbles in her nose whenever she is underwater, which is how she breathes while in Bikini Bottom. Since Pearl is a whale, she does have to breathe air. Because of this, Pearl will often have to go to the water’s surface and breach.

Pearl’s Physical Appearance

Even though she is the daughter of Mr. Krabs (a crab), Pearl is a sperm whale. Pearl’s mother, Mrs. Krabs, is never seen, but she is a whale, just like her daughter. Pearl has grey skin and blond hair that she likes to have in a ponytail and tied back with a pink scrunchie.

Pearl on stage in her cheer uniform

She is the tallest of the main SpongeBob SquarePants characters, but she is small for a sperm whale. Pearl is usually seen wearing a pink top with the letter “P” monogrammed on it, a magenta skirt, and barnacle-crafted white go-go boots.

Character Pictures (Gallery)

Films, Shows, and Video Game Appearances

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 1

  • Sandy’s Rocket 
  • Squeaky Boots 
  • Culture Shock 
  • The Chaperone 
  • Scaredy Pants 
  • Sleepy Time 
  • Texas 
  • Hooky 

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 2

  • Bossy Boots 
  • Bubble Buddy 
  • Band Geeks 

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 3

  • The Algae’s Always Greener 
  • As Seen on TV 
  • Wet Painters 
  • Party Pooper Pants 
  • Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V 
  • Mid-Life Crustacean 
  • The Sponge Who Could Fly 
  • SpongeBob Meets the Strangler 
Pearl with her hands on her hips talking to Mr. Krabs

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 4

  • The Lost Mattress 
  • Selling Out 
  • Dunces and Dragons 
  • Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture 
  • SquidBob TentaclePants 
  • Whale of a Birthday 
  • Once Bitten 
  • Best Frenemies 

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 5

  • Le Big Switch 
  • What Ever Happened to SpongeBob? 

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 6

  • The Slumber Party 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One 
  • Grandpappy the Pirate 
  • Truth or Square 
Pearl sleeping in bed with night sweats

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 7

  • Tentacle-Vision 
  • Growth Spout 
  • One Coarse Meal 
  • Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle 
  • Enchanted Tiki Dreams 
  • Tunnel of Glove 

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 8

  • Drive Thru 
  • A SquarePants Family Vacation 
  • Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation 
  • Barnacle Face 
  • Bubble Troubles 
  • It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! 

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 9

  • Evil Spatula 
  • Safe Deposit Krabs 
  • Tutor Sauce 
  • Company Picnic 
  • The Sewers of Bikini Bottom 
  • Married to Money 
  • Mall Girl Pearl 
  • Lame and Fortune 
  • Goodbye, Krabby Patty? 
  • Bulletin Board 
Pearl talking to SpongeBob who is dressed like a present

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 10

  • Mimic Madness 
  • Feral Friends 

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 11

  • The Check-Up 
  • Whale Watching 
  • Patnocchio 
  • Plankton Paranoia 
  • Goons on the Moon 
  • Squirrel Jelly 
  • The String 

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 12

  • Plankton’s Old Chum 
  • The Krusty Bucket 
  • SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout 
  • The Ghost of Plankton 
  • My Two Krabses 
  • Knock Knock, Who’s There? 
  • Hiccup Plague 
  • A Cabin in the Kelp 
  • Kwarantined Krab 
  • Plankton’s Intern 
  • Kooky Cooks 
Pearl Krabs and her friends

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 13

  • A Place for Pets 
  • Upturn Girls 
  • Say Awww! 

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Season 1

  • The Jellyfish Kid 
  • Tag, You’re It 
  • Kitchen Sponge 
  • The Treasure of Kamp Koral 
  • Hot Pearl-tato 
  • What About Meep? 
  • Hard Time Out 
  • Pat’s A Li’l Sinker 
  • Game Night 
  • Outhouse Outrage 

The Patrick Star Show Season 1

  • The Yard Sale 
  • Squidina’s Little Helper 
  • Pearl Wants to Be a Star 
  • Mid-Season Finale 
Pearl having an angry fit

Movies

  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run 

Video Games

  • Battle for Bikini Bottom
  • Drawn to Life
  • Hit the Beat 
  • Idea Sponge
  • Legend of the Lost Spatula
  • Lights, Camera, Pants! 
  • Nicktoons Plug n’ Play
  • Revenge of the Flying Dutchman
  • SpongeBob Bubble Party
  • SpongeBob Game Station (Playable character)
  • SpongeBob Moves In!
  • SpongeBob Town
  • SpongeBob’s Game Frenzy (Playable character)
  • SpongeBob SquigglePants 
  • SpongeBob’s Surf & Skate Roadtrip
  • SpongeBob’s Truth or Square 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Typing 
  • The Yellow Avenger
Pearl, Mr. Krabs, and SpongeBob standing in a pile of presents

Character Trivia and Fun Facts 

  • Lori Alan voices Pearl Krabs.
  • Pearl was the second fictional character designed by animator Stephen Hillenburg.
  • Pearl is a whale character in the SpongeBob musical called SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, and is played by Jai’len Josey.
  • Nine of Pearl’s birthdays have been documented on the show, in other media, and in books. 
  • Pearl attended school Bikini Bottom High School.
  • Pearl’s parents are Eugene H Krabs and Mrs. Krabs. 
  • In Pearl Krabs’s family, her grandparents are Victor Krabs and Betsy Krabs. Her great grandfather is Redbeard Krabs. 
Pearl Krabs cheering on stage

Character Quotes

“See, no one says “cool” anymore. That’s such an old person thing. Now we say “coral,” as in “That nose job is so coral.”
Pearl Krabs
“Daddy!”
Pearl Krabs
“One dollar? You hate me!”
Pearl Krabs
“You really shouldn’t have!”
Pearl Krabs
“I’ll never wash this flipper again.”
Pearl Krabs
“I’ve got all this money, and I don’t know what to do with it!”
Pearl Krabs
“As far as disasters go, that was really fun.”
Pearl Krabs
“This dance is so last year!”
Pearl Krabs
“Daddy, the house is full of burglars!”
Pearl Krabs
“Open up, it’s time for the pill!”
Pearl Krabs

Popular Questions About Pearl

Is Pearl SpongeBob’s girlfriend?

Pearl is not SpongeBob’s girlfriend. Pearl’s friends tease her, and they call SpongeBob her boyfriend however, the two are just friends.
No Boys Allowed sign at Pearl's house

Is Pearl Mr. Krabs wife?

Pearl is not Mr. Krabs’ wife. Pearl is Mr. Krabs’ daughter.
Pearl Krabs talk to Mr. Krabs

What race is Pearl from SpongeBob?

Pearl is a sperm whale.
Pearl Krabs smiling inside the Krusty Crab restaurant copy

What happened to Pearl’s mother on SpongeBob?

It is not known why Pearl’s mother is not in the SpongeBob series. The SpongeBob trivia book confirmed her mother is a whale but did not say if she was separated from Mr. Krabs or not.
Pearl on stage in her cheer uniform

Who killed Pearl’s mom?

It is not known if Pearl’s mom is dead or alive. Mr. Krabs and Pearls’ mom may have simply separated. In the SpongeBob trivia book, the only details confirmed about Pearl’s mother is that she is a whale.
Pearl upset with her dad Mr. Krabs

Who is Pearl’s real dad?

Pearl’s real dad is Mr. Krabs.
Pearl, Mr. Krabs, and SpongeBob standing in a pile of presents

Get to know the rest of the SpongeBob cast like SpongeBob’s pet snail, Gary, Sandy Cheeks, SpongeBob villains, SpongeBob Spatulas, Jellyfish Jam, and Plankton. Learn even more about Pearl on the official SpongeBob Youtube channel.

Brandon Crombar

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Brandon established Featured Animation in 2006 to celebrate animated movies. His favorite animated movies include Finding Nemo, Aladdin, and The Lion King. Find out more about me and my movie journey, About Featured Animation.