— Gary

Gary[2] Wilson Jr.[3] is a snail owned by SpongeBob SquarePants. He is Patrick Star's first cousin.[4] He resides in a pineapple house on 124 Conch Street, Bikini Bottom, Pacific Ocean with his owner, SpongeBob.

He is a domesticated house pet with similar mannerisms to a cat, most notably his "meow," but has royal blood, as seen in the episode "Rule of Dumb." In the latter, the royal family tree proves that Gary and Patrick are cousins, as their fathers were brothers. His mannerism and affinity for the finer things in life in previous episodes foreshadows his royal blood, with the only exception being his dislike for baths.

It is suggested that SpongeBob has had Gary ever since he lived with his parents as a really young boy. The episode "Treats!" reveals that Gary was adopted by SpongeBob.


Gary was born to Sluggo Star and his unrevealed mother as an only child.

At one point, he was adopted by SpongeBob at the local animal shelter.[5]

One day, Gary betrayed SpongeBob in exchange for Patrick Star, though this was only done to retrieve a cookie from Patrick's pocket, and Gary subsequently returned to his original owner.[6]

At some point, Gary moved out of Bikini Bottom and into Bass Vegas in response to SpongeBob's negligence. He was thereafter taken in and sheltered by an elderly woman named Granny, who mistook him for one of her snails.

Once Gary discovered Granny's motive, he escaped her house and returned to Bikini Bottom to reunite with SpongeBob.


At various points, Gary has worked for the Krusty Krab, typically as a waiter [7] or a fry cook.[8] At one point, he was hired to rid everyone of the ick contamination.[9] At another point, he was hired as the restaurant's bouncer.[10]

When SpongeBob made his own restaurant called SpongeBob's Place, Gary was hired as the cashier.

He briefly played the role as the DJ for The Sharks.[11]


Gary is a sea snail with a pink shell which depicts purplish-dark blue spots and a red spiral. He has eye antennas that hold together his scarlet-green eyes with orange-red pupils. The sides of his body are light blue and his belly is green. He is typically known to create trails of slime when crawling. In addition to this, it is known that Gary has feet, as shown in "Your Shoe's Untied" and "SpongeBob's Last Stand."

Being a snail, which are to Bikini Bottom what cats are to the real world, Gary is only able to communicate by saying "Meow."

His shell is known to store various items, as seen in "Karate Island," "Have You Seen This Snail?," "Pineapple Invasion," and among others.


Gary is known for his characteristic "meow"— in contrast to the barking of the sea worms, suggesting that snails like Gary are equivalent to cats and that worms are equivalent to dogs.

It has been known for Gary to say things other than "meow," such as in "The Secret Box" and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, for example. In "Your Shoe's Untied," "Frozen Face-Off," "Squid Defense," and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, he is shown to be able to roar. He screeches like a cat in the episodes "The Thing," "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?," "Grooming Gary," and the short "Balloons." From season 4 onwards, Gary has made cat sound effects when he is startled or angry, to further reinforce the connection between snails and cats. In "Opposite Day," Gary reverses this stereotype by barking like a dog in honor of the eponymous holiday.

Personality and habits

Much like real cats, Gary hates taking baths, as seen in "Gary Takes a Bath," "Pet Sitter Pat," and "Shellback Shenanigans."

In many episodes, Gary has exhibited great intelligence. In "The Secret Box," Gary responds to SpongeBob's question with "Meow-no." SpongeBob does not think much of it and brushes off his remarks on account of Gary just being a snail. In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the Bikini Bottomites are chanting "All hail Plankton," while Gary monotonously chants "Meow, Plankton."

His intelligence is best exhibited in "Sleepy Time" where his dream counterpart is revealed to own a library and has an extremely intellectual mindset, having the ability to cite literature. His wise demeanor is also shown in "Chatterbox Gary" where he exercises his sophisticated vocabulary to describe his owner and peers.

In "Jellyfish Hunter," it is revealed that he pays the electric bill.

In "Chatterbox Gary," it is revealed that he has a large vocabulary, and that he understands the other characters very well.

Talents and abilities

As seen in "Gary Takes a Bath," Gary can levitate and teleport. Gary has been to many places, including the large Bass Vegas.

In the episode "Tutor Sauce," Gary is shown to be a good driver, as he is able to drive a boatmobile through the most dangerous road in Bikini Bottom with no issue whatsoever, except the cops stopping the boat.

Gary is shown to know how to throw parties while SpongeBob is gone, as seen in "Atlantis SquarePantis." Gary is also a very good musician, although he is not part of Squidward's band in the episode "Band Geeks" despite all the other main characters being in it. In "The Paper," he plays Squidward's clarinet very well, and Squidward gets confused. In "Procrastination," Gary plays the trumpet, and in "Something Smells," he plays the violin to make SpongeBob cry while chopping onions.

Gary has the ability to become a floor buffer, as shown in "Sentimental Sponge."

Gary knows how to read, as seen in "Gary Takes a Bath," "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve," and "Pet Sitter Pat."

Antagonistic roles

Though Gary is intelligent and loves his owner, SpongeBob, he can be naughty at times, sometimes in his rivalry with Squidward.

  • In "Gary Takes a Bath," Gary refuses to take a bath, does nothing about a bomb strapped to SpongeBob's chest, and takes SpongeBob's ladder away, leaving him stuck on a tree.

    Gary biting Squidward in the episode "Once Bitten"

  • In "Once Bitten," he becomes aggressive and bites just about every citizen in Bikini Bottom, even SpongeBob, and was accused of having "Mad Snail Disease," although these actions were purely caused by a splinter stuck in his body. Even after the splinter is removed, he bites Mr. Krabs.
  • In "The Thing," he viciously attacks "Smelly" after detecting his real identity.
  • In "Grooming Gary," he riots because SpongeBob, and other pet owners, had made him "fancy," which he did not want to be.
  • In "Treats!," he constantly bothers SpongeBob by asking him to get more Snail Bites, even going so far as to make him go to every pet store in the world to see if they have them.
  • In "Gary's New Toy," Gary becomes so distracted in his ball that he disregards SpongeBob whenever he needs him, though this is because the ball hypnotizes him. As SpongeBob tries to place the ball away from Gary, he manages to get it back. When it comes to the decision that SpongeBob tells Gary either him or the ball, Gary goes for the ball, leaving his owner to cry and live out on the streets. When Gary remembers SpongeBob leaving, he realizes the ball is evil and reconciles with SpongeBob.

Criminal record

Although Gary is just an animal and engages in justified recklessness and irresponsibility, he has exhibited rationality, knowledge, and overall anthropomorphism several times before, implying that he is well aware of his actions. It is worth noting that Gary is the only main character who has never been arrested. The following is a run-down of the few crimes Gary has committed.

  • Assault: In "Once Bitten," he becomes aggressive and bites several of the Bottomites as a result of the pain that a splinter is inflicting. Even after said splinter is removed, Gary bites Mr. Krabs. In "The Thing," Gary viciously attacks Squidward despite him having done nothing wrong. In "Chatterbox Gary," Gary throws a walkie-talkie in Squidward's throat in retaliation for interfering with his translation collar.
  • Civil disobedience: In "Grooming Gary," Gary joins the other pets in rioting against their respective owner for fancying his personality, which he did not want in the first place.
  • Endangerment: In "Gary Takes a Bath," Gary snatches a ladder away from the tree that SpongeBob is stuck in, eliminating his option to escape safely. In "House Worming," Gary illegally kicks SpongeBob out of his own home, although this was done out of self-defense.

Gary-focused episodes

Gary has had several episodes that center around him or relate to him. Here is a list of such episodes:

  • "I Was a Teenage Gary": When SpongeBob has Squidward come take care of him, Gary becomes starved and sick.
  • "Dumped": Gary runs away from home to be with Patrick in order to get the cookie out of his pocket.
  • "Gary Takes a Bath": Gary tries to escape SpongeBob's plans to get him to take a bath.
  • "The Great Snail Race": SpongeBob becomes a strict coach and is obsessed with winning the race trophy with Gary's poor body.
  • "Have You Seen This Snail?": Gary runs away from home after not being fed and Granny takes him in. He later finds out that SpongeBob is looking for him and that his new owner wants to feed him to death, so he escapes and returns to SpongeBob.
  • "Once Bitten": Squidward's anti-snail defense log affects Gary and he bites Bikini Bottomites, including SpongeBob, making them think that they are zombies.
  • "Fungus Among Us": Although Gary is not the main protagonist, he is the first one to make the solution by eating away the ick.
  • "Grooming Gary": SpongeBob gives Gary a makeover and takes him to the Bikini Bottom Pet Show but the latter does not like it, neither do the other competitors.
  • "Shell Shocked": Gary's shell has broken and SpongeBob needs to find him a new one.
  • "A Pal for Gary": SpongeBob buys a pet for Gary to play with while he is at work.
  • "Gary in Love": Gary falls in love with a snail named Mary.
  • "The Cent of Money": Mr. Krabs uses Gary to suck up coins.
  • "Shellback Shenanigans": Plankton disguises himself as Gary.
  • "Pet Sitter Pat": Patrick has to babysit Gary while SpongeBob is celebrating his grandmother's birthday.
  • "Treats!": Gary becomes addicted to a new snail treat called Snail Bites.
  • "Gary's New Toy": Gary is obsessed with a red ball and nearly loses SpongeBob's love and affection because of it.
  • "Pineapple Invasion": Gary must stop Plankton from stealing the secret formula from SpongeBob's home.
  • "Chatterbox Gary": Gary has a pet translation collar, and he's talking up a storm. Everyone loves it, except for Squidward.

Near-death experiences

  • In "I Was a Teenage Gary," Gary nearly dies from starvation due to Squidward's negligence.
  • In "Gary Takes a Bath," SpongeBob plays a game of leapfrog with Gary to aim him into the bathtub, only to miss his target and instead throw him at the wall, breaking his shell in the process.
  • In "The Great Snail Race," Gary is overexerted by SpongeBob as a preparation method for the upcoming snail race. He goes out of control and nearly collapses on his way to the finish line.
  • In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, when Plankton brainwashes and enslaves the entire population, he forces Gary to pull a several-ton block of stone.
  • In "Have You Seen This Snail?," Gary is overfed by the crazy snail lady who took him in, so he escapes her out of self-defense.
  • In "Once Bitten," Squidward's anti-snail log gets lodged into Gary's foot, causing him to bite every citizen in Bikini Bottom.
  • In "Shell Shocked," Gary's shell breaks.
  • In "A Pal for Gary," Gary's new "playmate" turns out to be a vicious monster who is intent on eating him alive. He swiftly avoids meeting his own end when he lassos Puffy and causes him to run away in shame.
  • In "The Cent of Money," Mr. Krabs takes advantage of Gary's newfound magnetic powers to collect the townspeople's coins, which eventually leads him into a state of hospitalization.
  • In "Pet Sitter Pat," Patrick's naïve ways cause him to inadvertently torment Gary by spraying a hose at him to give him a bath, crinkling his skin by drying him off with a hair dryer, and lastly threatening him with a flamethrower.


SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob is Gary's owner and closest friend. SpongeBob often goes to Gary for advice when no else is able to help him. Although Gary often finds himself irritated by SpongeBob's naivety and falls victim to negligence and pressure by him at times, the two always get back on good terms in the end.

Patrick Star

Patrick is Gary's cousin. The two of them spend the whole time together in "Dumped," though it was only because Gary wanted the cookie in Patrick's pocket.

Due to Patrick's stupidity, Gary is cruelly mistreated by him in "Pet Sitter Pet" and nearly gets killed by him when Patrick shoots a flamethrower at Gary.

Squidward Tentacles

Gary and Squidward have an ongoing rivalry throughout the series that often causes the former to hiss at and violently attack the latter whenever the two of them come in contact.


  • Gary is the only main character who doesn't play a prominent role in either one of the SpongeBob movies to date.
  • "All That Glitters" shows that Gary has a large diamond under his shell. However, episodes afterward do not show said diamond under his shell.
  • The episodes "Your Shoe's Untied" and "Earworm" show Gary having a record player under his shell.

Gary on his family tree

  • SpongeBob sometimes nicknames Gary "Gare Bear," which is a reference of the Care Bears franchise.
  • In "Karate Island," when SpongeBob is waxing Gary's shell, he finds his favorite novelty T-shirt that says, "I love Krabby Patties" in a pile of junk inside his shell.
  • Gary is the only main character who has never been arrested.
  • His favorite food is Snail-Po, and later Snail Bites.
  • Aside from his trademark "Meow," Gary can say the words "Plankton," "Yeah!," and "No!"
  • In the first teaser trailer for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Gary is shown enjoying taking a bath with SpongeBob as the latter plays with his water toys, even though Gary hates taking baths.
  • It is revealed in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water that Gary hates mayonnaise.
  • Gary has arms, as seen in "Have You Seen This Snail?," "The Gift of Gum," and "Grooming Gary."
  • In the Croatian dub, his name is "Slavko."
  • Gary has many things hidden under his shell: a house, SpongeBob's Krabby Patty T-shirt, a record player, a diamond, and many other pieces of junk.
  • In "Help Wanted," Gary's pupils are small red dots and his meow is much squeakier.
  • In "The Way of the Sponge," when SpongeBob leaves, Gary's meow sounds like he's saying 'farewell'.
  • In the online game Snail Bob 2, Gary appears on a sign as a gag.
  • He has only spoken full sentences in "Sleepy Time" and "Chatterbox Gary."



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