Bernie is a character, a hermit crab and the deuteragonist from the animated series, Zig and Sharko.
Bernie is a highly intelligent hermit crab who is able to come up with gadgets for Zig to catch Marina. Even though Bernie is Zig's right-hand crab, he's more than willing to go out of his way to help make solutions for Sharko and Marina. Bernie is able to build amazing devices like a geothermal steam machine, a lightning rod hose weapon, and a souped-up jet-ski boat.
He is often seen making gadgets and devices to help Zig get Marina the mermaid. Despite their occasional squabbles (such as when Zig tried to eat him or when he takes advantage of him), Zig and Bernie show that they care for each other very much. Zig makes Bernie happy at times and vice versa. His girlfriend is the star on Marina's hair.
Bernie has a soft spot for other hermit crabs, seeing how he refused to eat other hermit crabs in "The Tiny Tyrant", and he loved the the thousands of hermit crab kids and he took very good care of them such as building them a playground, tended their injuries and bottle-fed them as if they were his own children.
As a scientist, Bernie loves to test his inventions and build things of real merit, and he certainly doesn't like it when Zig and Sharko destroy his inventions and his LEGO bridge in "Silly Builders". Bernie can be a power-hungry opportunist when his muscle formula gave him enhanced super-strength which he used to overthrow King Neptune and usurp the throne. Bernie doesn't like being disrespected or replaced as seen in "Bernie Moves House" and "Little Shrimp Buddy". Bernie his able to build his own home in "Bernie Moves House" and made good use of Marina's and Sharko's company to humiliate Zig.
When Zig chose a shrimp to get Marina for him, Bernie was proven to be capable of sabotaging the shrimp's efforts and get him in trouble with his parents. Bernie is often the one who gets Zig and Sharko to unite in order to defeat an enemy that threatens Marina's well-being and/or uses her for their own personal gain. He normally get along very well with Marina, despite all the times he helped Zig try and catch her. He was terrified of being her pet in "Mermaid's Pup" but also seems to have some attraction for her, blushing every time he gets kissed by her.
Bernie is a small hermit crab with red skin, large eyes and a tiny light sand-colored shell.
- Even though Bernie is undeniably cute, certain characters like the Ghost Pirate and the Bully Manta Ray are actually afraid of him.
- Despite his small stature, Bernie is able to lift a large anchor out of the Abyss to rescue Zig, Sharko and their Angler fish friend.