Eugene H. Krabs

Eugene H. Krabs

    SpongeBob SquarePants
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living... in a giant anchor-shaped house in Bikini Bottom. Well, at least that’s where he sleeps. His real home is his fast-food restaurant, the Krusty Krab. He spends all his time there, if only to make sure his employees are working hard to make him heaps of money. 

Profession... owner of the Krusty Krab. He’s incredibly greedy, and his restaurant makes him enough money to be happy. Still, he can always make more, and one way to accomplish that is to crush his rival, Plankton, owner of the Chum Bucket. Plankton is dead set on acquiring the Krabby Patty Secret Formula, but Spongebob does a great job protecting it.

Interests… money, money, money! He’ll hand out 24-hour shifts to his employees if he thinks profits will increase. And with greediness comes miserliness. Krabs won’t spend a cent if he doesn’t have to, eating crackers with ketchup when presumably he could eat all the Krabby Patties he wants.

Relationship Status... single. There used to be a Mrs. Krabs but she no longer lives with him. He lives with his daughter, Pearl, a whale who takes after her mother. She’s nowhere near as penny-pinching as her father – she’d love to max out his credit card on a shopping spree and if he doesn’t watch out, she will. Krabs also had a brief fling with Spongebob’s boating instructor Mrs. Puff, who he described as a “curvy cutie.” Unfortunately, that doesn’t last long, but perhaps he’s better off single, since relationships can be costly. 

Challenge... one word: Plankton. The Chum Bucket is a ghost town of a restaurant, and the tiny evil mastermind Plankton is convinced the Krusty Krab is the reason. So aside from stealing the formula, Plankton is also scheming to take business from Krabs. But any time a third restaurant moves into Bikini Bottom, the two begrudgingly team up to take down their new competition.

Personality... greedy and petty. But he knows when he’s gone too far. He makes up with his daughter anytime he pushes her to tears with his miserly tendencies. Spongebob looks up to him as a father figure, but Mr. Krabs only reciprocates kindness when he can make a buck off it. For Mr. Krabs, the world exists so he can have money. As he tells his employee Squidward when the town is in danger, “No world means no money. Now go save the world or you’re fired!”


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