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Plankton posing and smiling

Plankton is a main character from the SpongeBob SquarePants animated series. Plankton and his wife Karen, who is a computer, run The Chum Bucket restaurant in hopes of building it to become more successful than the Krusty Krab.

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Background

The Chum Bucket is Plankton’s restaurant business in Bikini Bottom and is not nearly as popular as The Krusty Krab, the restaurant that his archnemesis Mr. Krab owns.

Due to Plankton wanting to have a restaurant as successful as the Krusty Krab, Plankton is constantly trying to steal Mr. Krabs’ secret formula.

Plankton trying to look innocent

Plankton’s wife Karen often helps Plankton develop schemes to get the Krabby Patty secret formula, but the duo is never successful in their efforts.

Sheldon J Plankton’s restaurant is not flourishing due to the poor quality of his burgers and rude service. His cruel treatment of the citizens of Bikini Bottom is also not helping his business thrive.

Plankton’s Physical Appearance 

Plankton is a very tiny planktonic copepod and looks like a small pickle. He has short arms and legs, a big yellow eye, and a red pupil with one large eyebrow. He has two long antennae on his head that have spikes alongside both of them. He also has big white straight teeth.

Plankton under a magnifying glass

Plankton is the son of Mama and Gordon Plankton and shares a birthday with Mr. Krabs. The two attended school together but were seen as outcasts as children.

School kids picked on Plankton because of his high intelligence, which led him to be teased as a nerd.

Plankton on SpongeBob SquarePants and Mr. Krabs discovered that they could gain popularity and earn money by creating a burger place. They began selling patties out of the local dump, which was unsuccessful.

A customer, Old Man Jenkins, was once knocked out from eating a burger contaminated with dump sludge. Eventually, Plankton and Mr. Krabs decided to go their separate ways.

Plankton dressed in a black cape performing magic tricks

Plankton decided to sell chumburgers, and Mr. Krabs sold his Krabby Patties.

Plankton then worked as a chef at Camp Coral, where he first met SpongeBob SquarePants character.

Plankton’s Personality and Character Traits 

While Plankton is an intelligent creature, he is impulsive and lacks common sense. Simple oversites throw him that he could have easily prepared for. This is shown most notably in his failed attempts to get the secret Krabby Patty recipe.

Even though Plankton is small, he has a big power-hungry personality. Plankton is jealous, egotistical, and aggressive. He pretends to be SpongeBob’s friend with his evil plan of stealing Krabby Patty’s secret formula.

Plankton operating the control board at the Chum Bucket

Plankton also has an obsession with world domination. He has big plans to dominate the world after he steals the Krabby Patty formula, and he even enslaved all of Bikini Bottom in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

While the Plankton SpongeBob character is the main villain in the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise series, he seems to have a soft spot for his family.

On top of being affectionate to his wife, Plankton also shows a lot of love for his son Chip and his pet amoeba, Spot.

Plankton Pictures

Films, Shows, and Video Game Appearances

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 1

  • Plankton! 
  • Culture Shock 
  • F.U.N. 
  • Plankton!
  • Valentine’s Day 
  • Walking Small 

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 2

  • Imitation Krabs 
  • Life of Crime 
  • Christmas Who? 
  • Welcome to the Chum Bucket 
  • Band Geeks 
  • The Fry Cook Games 

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 3

  • The Algae’s Always Greener 
  • Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV 
  • Snowball Effect 
  • Krusty Krab Training Video 
  • Party Pooper Pants 
  • Plankton’s Army 
  • The Sponge Who Could Fly 
  • SpongeBob Meets the Strangler 
Plankton riding a Krabby Patty with metal legs being watched by Mr. Krabs

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 4

  • Fear of a Krabby Patty 
  • Krabs vs. Plankton 
  • Dunces and Dragons 
  • Enemy In-Law 
  • Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture 
  • Patrick SmartPants 
  • Wishing You Well 
  • New Leaf 
  • Best Frenemies 

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 5

  • Friend or Foe 
  • Spy Buddies 
  • Krabs à la Mode 
  • Bucket Sweet Bucket 
  • Goo Goo Gas 
  • Atlantis SquarePantis 
  • Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob 
  • 20,000 Patties Under the Sea 
  • Banned in Bikini Bottom 
  • Stanley S. SquarePants 
Plankton pointing at Mr. Krabs

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 6

  • Krabby Road 
  • Spongicus 
  • Patty Caper 
  • Plankton’s Regular 
  • The Krabby Kronicle 
  • Komputer Overload 
  • Chum Bucket Supreme 
  • Single Cell Anniversary 
  • Truth or Square 
  • Chum Caverns 

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 7

  • Tentacle-Vision 
  • Someone’s in the Kitchen with Sandy 
  • The Inside Job 
  • Greasy Buffoons 
  • SpongeBob’s Last Stand 
  • One Coarse Meal 
  • The Play’s the Thing 
  • Rodeo Daze 
  • Gramma’s Secret Recipe 
  • Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle 
  • The Main Drain 
  • The Great Patty Caper 
  • That Sinking Feeling 
  • Buried in Time 
  • Shellback Shenanigans 
  • Perfect Chemistry 
Plankton standing on SpongeBob's nose

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 8

  • The Other Patty 
  • Drive Thru 
  • Frozen Face-Off 
  • Squidward’s School for Grown-Ups 
  • Sweet and Sour Squid 
  • A SquarePants Family Vacation 
  • Walking the Plankton 
  • Plankton’s Good Eye 
  • The Krabby Patty That Ate Bikini Bottom 
  • Fiasco! 
  • Free Samples 
  • Karen 2.0 
  • For Here or to Go 
  • It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! 
  • Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go! 
  • Chum Fricassee 
  • The Good Krabby Name 
  • Move It or Lose It 
  • Hello Bikini Bottom! 

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 9

  • Squirrel Record 
  • Eek, an Urchin! 
  • Jailbreak! 
  • Evil Spatula 
  • It Came from Goo Lagoon 
  • Plankton’s Pet 
  • Company Picnic 
  • Married to Money 
  • CopyBob DittoPants 
  • Lame and Fortune 
  • Goodbye, Krabby Patty? 
  • Pineapple Invasion 
  • Salsa Imbecilicus 
  • Mutiny on the Krusty 
Plankton piloting a large machine

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 10

  • Mimic Madness 
  • House Worming 
  • Plankton Gets the Boot 
  • Burst Your Bubble 
  • Plankton Retires 
  • The Incredible Shrinking Sponge 
  • Feral Friends 

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 11

  • Spot Returns 
  • Spin the Bottle 
  • The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom 
  • No Pictures Please 
  • Krabby Patty Creature Feature 
  • Teacher’s Pests 
  • Fun-Sized Friends 
  • Grandmum’s the Word 
  • Bottle Burglars 
  • Shopping List 
  • Patnocchio 
  • Plankton Paranoia 
  • Call the Cops 
  • Surf N’ Turf 
  • Appointment TV 
  • Karen’s Virus 
  • The Grill is Gone 
  • Girls’ Night Out 
Plankton meeting his son being held by Karen

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 12

  • Gary & Spot 
  • The Krusty Slammer 
  • King Plankton 
  • Plankton’s Old Chum 
  • The Krusty Bucket 
  • Sandy’s Nutty Nieces 
  • Karen’s Baby 
  • Senior Discount 
  • SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout 
  • Handemonium 
  • The Ghost of Plankton 
  • My Two Krabses 
  • Hiccup Plague 
  • The Hankering 
  • Who R Zoo? 
  • Kwarantined Krab 
  • Plankton’s Intern 
  • Dream Hoppers 

SpongeBob SquarePants – Season 13

  • A Place for Pets 
  • Lockdown for Love 
  • Goofy Scoopers 
  • Something Narwhal This Way Comes 
  • C.H.U.M.S 
  • SpongeBob’s Road to Christmas 
  • There Will Be Grease 
  • Sea-Man Sponge Haters Club 
  • Say Awww! 
  • Captain Pipsqueak 
Plankton annoyed with his teenage son and Karen

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years – Season 1

  • The Jellyfish Kid 
  • Quest for Tire 
  • Kitchen Sponge 
  • The Treasure of Kamp Koral 
  • Midnight Snack Attack 
  • What About Meep? 
  • Camp SpongeBob 
  • Game Night 
  • Gimme a News Break 
  • Wise Kraken 
  • Squatch Swap 
  • The Ho! Ho! Horror! 

The Patrick Star Show – Season 1

  • Late for Breakfast 

Shorts With Plankton

  • How The You-Know-Who Stole You-Know-What! 
  • Plankton’s Holiday Hits 
  • Can’t Swim 
  • Remodeling 
  • Loop dee Loop 
  • Plankton Pays 
  • SpongeBob’s Legendary Dance Party 
  • Plankton’s Color Nullifier 
Plankton placed inside a jar of mustard by Sandy Cheeks

Movies With Plankton

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

Video Games With Plankton

  • Legend of the Lost Spatula
  • SuperSponge
  • Battle for Bikini Bottom
  • Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Game
  • Lights, Camera, Pants! (Playable Character)
  • Nicktoons Unite!
  • Creature from the Krusty Krab (Playable Character)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom
  • Nicktoons Racing
  • The Yellow Avenger
  • SpongeBob’s Boating Bash (Playable Character)
  • Plankton’s Robotic Revenge
  • SpongeBob HeroPants (Playable Character)
Plankton being swarmed by jelly fish

Plankton Fun Facts / Trivia

  • Plankton’s birthday is November 30th, 1942.
  • Doug Lawrence, one of the series’ writers, is Plankton’s voice.
  • Plankton’s parents are Mamma and Gordon Plankton.
  • Plankton’s wife is a computer named Karen.
  • Plankton’s son is called Chip. 
  • Plankton’s great-grandparents are named Grand Dad and Ella Lily Plankton. 
  • Stephen Hillenburg, the SpongeBob SquarePants show creator, initially planned for Plankton and Karen to appear in only one episode. 
  • Plankton and Karen have been married for 26 years. 
  • Plankton has a pet named Spot.
  • Plankton went to college and is considered to be very smart.
Plankton eating dinner alone

Plankton Quotes

“SpongeBob, before we’re torn to shreds, I’d like to thank you for helping me look for Spot.”
Plankton
“What? It’s just obvious that I’m a complete failure and a waste of a lower life form! Oh, woe is me!”
Plankton
“Ah, a few blobs of ink doesn’t prove a thing. I’m as evil as ever. I’ll prove it right now by stealing the Krabby Patty secret formula.”
Plankton
“I, the amazing Plankton, with the use of prestidigitation…will make a Krabby Patty disappear before your very eyes.”
Plankton
“I don’t get it. No matter what I do, I always end up being squashed by someone bigger than me.”
Plankton
Plankton trying to fly back to the Chum Bucket with a Krabby Patty
“Secret mission, eh? Don’t you think I know what you’re up to? You want to eat at the Chum Bucket without your boss knowing. Karen, we’ve got a customer!”
Plankton
“Yes! And after all these years, I thought I was the master of torture…Take the stupid patty. I don’t want the secret recipe anyway. I guess my restaurant will never be as good as the Krusty Krab. You don’t know what it’s like to be a loser.”
Plankton
“‘Intern Wanted’ Apply today at Chum Bucket Labs? I’m a mad scientist! If getting help was that easy, I wouldn’t have built a computer wife!”
Plankton
“No, I’m not on my way to the grand opening ceremony. I’m busy planning to rule the world!”
Plankton
“No, not because I cheated! Because I’m an evil genius. And you’re just a kid.”
Plankton
Plankton stirring a pot on the stove and Karen complaining about the smell
“Oh, uh, it says, ‘Discuss the secret ingredient of the Krabby Patty formula.’ How interesting.”
Plankton
“I thought I was going to steal something. Can’t imagine why. So, I’m just enjoying this lovely day!”
Plankton
“That’s it, mister! You just lost your brain privileges.”
Plankton
“Me, aggressive?! How dare you?! Maybe you’re right… I command you to help me be a nicer person!”
Plankton
“You all love Chum Day? It was me! I invented Chum Day! Chum Day is copy-written by me!”
Plankton
Plankton in a sauna wearing a pink towel
“It is becoming increasingly obvious. I can deny it no longer. I am small.”
Plankton
“No resting! This monument celebrating my glory isn’t gonna build itself. Move faster!”
Plankton
“Goodbye, everyone. I’ll remember you all in therapy.”
Plankton
“Holographic meatloaf! My favorite!”
Plankton
“My eyeball is having a toothache.”
Plankton
Plankton cruising down the street in front of Patrick and SpongeBob
“It’s evil, it’s diabolical, it’s lemon-scented.”
Plankton
“I, the amazing Plankton, with the use of prestidigitation, will make a Krabby Patty disappear before your very eyes.”
Plankton

Popular Questions about Plankton

What is Plankton’s full name?

Plankton’s full name is Sheldon J Plankton.
Plankton trying to look innocent

Why is Plankton evil in SpongeBob?

Plankton desperately seeks to steal Mr. Krabs Krabby Patty recipe and put the Krusty Krab out of business with his own restaurant, the Chum Bucket.
Plankton trying to fly back to the Chum Bucket with a Krabby Patty

Did Plankton and Karen have a kid?

Plankton and Karen have a son named Chip Plankton II.
Plankton meeting his son being held by Karen

How old is Plankton in SpongeBob?

Plankton in SpongeBob is 59 years old.
Plankton on the telephone

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Plankton turned black after an explosion
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