Paper Skin and Glass Bones

Paper skin and Glass bones

Paper Skin and Glass Bones

Glass bones and paper skin are a line from a SpongeBob SquarePants episode, “Chocolate with nuts.” It was said by the con man (injured fish). The fish or the con man was trying to scam SpongeBob and Patrick to rob them out of there by saying he was in a fragile health condition.

Fragile, easily broken bones are a symptom of brittle bone disease. It is present at birth and typically appears in kids with a family history of the condition.

Who is the Con man?

Unnamed background antagonist, The Con Man, frequently appears in SpongeBob SquarePants. He is an unknown con man who uses several equally smart, humorous, and ridiculously over-the-top acts to con people into giving him money.

Known for tricking SpongeBob and Patrick into handing over all of their money to him three times in a row, he made his first and most memorable appearance in the episode “Chocolate With Nuts,” which served as the show’s main antagonist.

What is “paper skin and glass bones” in SpongeBob Squarepants?

The con man originally told Spongebob and Patrick, ” I was born with glass bones and paper skin. Every morning I break my legs, and every afternoon I break my arms. I lie awake in agony at night until my heart attacks put me to sleep.”

Paper skin and Glass bones

He said this because he wanted to trick the duo into paying him cash for his fake illness and medical expenses. 

Scams of the Con man in Spongebob Squarepants

The con man tricks SpongeBob and Patrick out of their money three times in the episode “Chocolate with Nuts,” first convincing them that “only professional chocolate salesmen have chocolate bar carrying bags” even though they need them. To hold all the bags they had just purchased, they needed “chocolate bar bag carrying bags,” so of course, they got them. 

However, his most successful attempt was to guilt them into purchasing chocolate bars from him to pay his medical expenditures when he told them that he had an illness where he was born with  “paper skin and glass bones.” The duo was adversely impacted for two minutes by the story of his illness.

He successfully tricked SpongeBob and Patrick into paying him to take their goods in the episode “20,000 Patties Under the Sea.” About when he previously took their money in “Chocolate With Nuts,” the con guy said to them, “Thanks again.” He and a female fish, possibly his wife or girlfriend, took off with their large amounts of cash and Krabby Patties.

The con artist in “The Getaway” episode owned a jewelry business. SpongeBob entered the jewelry shop and started making noises and changing his body into interesting shapes, which attracted the con artist’s attention. The con man smiled and watched in admiration as SpongeBob displayed his talents while the Stickyfins Whiting robbed his business. 

Later, the con artist left his shop yelling that he had been robbed. After hearing him, Mrs. Puff joked with Dorsal Dan about how she had once gone shopping there and been robbed. This suggests that the con artist had already scammed Mrs. Puff when she visited his jewelry store.

The con artist in the episode “Broken Alarm” was a cashier at Clock World. When SpongeBob went to the shop to buy a replacement for his old, broken alarm clock, the con artist informed him that they no longer produced that particular brand and then began to display all the other alarm clocks they produced. SpongeBob, being hesitant, bought out his entire store and gave him huge cash. The con artist applauded, grabbed the cash, and raced to a nearby boat shop to purchase a luxurious new yacht.


The con man wears a brown fedora with a red stripe, a white undershirt, an orange vest, a dark magenta tie, brown slacks, and black shoes.

The personality of the Con Man

The con man is incredibly snide, sneaky, impolite, dishonest, cunning, manipulative, and untrue, going to absurd lengths to con people out of their money. He even went so far as to pose as a seriously injured man and make up a fake confusing story to guilt-trip SpongeBob and Patrick into giving him money. 

The con guy is incredibly bright and creative, coming up with several clever and foolproof ways to defraud people of their money without ever being discovered or punished.

What is a paper skin?

Skin that rips, bruises, or breaks easily is said to have thin or paper skin. Thin skin can also be described as fragile skin or skin that is thinning. Crepey skin defines thin skin that takes on the look of tissue paper.

Older people typically have thin skin, which is most obvious on the face, arms, and hands. Tendons, bones, and veins under the skin of one’s hands and arms may be visible to someone with thin skin.

What is a glass bone or brittle bone disease?

A lifelong genetic condition called brittle bone disease makes your bones break very readily, usually without harm, such as from a fall. It may also be known as osteogenesis imperfecta by your doctor.

All races and all sexes are equally affected. Brittle bone disease cannot be cured; however, it can be managed by your doctor.

Brittle bone disease is inherited or passed down through families. It is brought on by a mutation in a gene that produces collagen and is responsible for its production. Your body produces collagen, a protein that helps to build and strengthen bones. Without enough of it, your bones become extremely fragile and are more prone to breaking and become glass-like fragile.

Although a child can inherit this gene from both parents, most children with brittle bone disease only inherit it from one. The gene mutation can occasionally arise on its own when a child does not inherit it from either parent.


A purple fish of medium size, The Con Man, has a smirk on his face. A cunning fish named The Con Man is seen in the episode “Chocolate With Nuts.” In the episode, he conned SpongeBob and Patrick numerous times. 

In the episode  “20,000 Patties Under the Sea”, The Con Man makes another appearance. He was spotted with a woman, most likely his wife, in this episode. He conned Patrick and Spongebob once more without even trying.