— Gary's most common line

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.

He has the fifth most appearances in the series, following Mr. Krabs, Patrick, Squidward, and SpongeBob.


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 orangish-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.

Much like real cats, Gary hates taking baths, as seen in "Gary Takes a Bath," "Pet Sitter Pat," and "Shellback Shenanigans." In the second of the three, Patrick wants to wash Gary and later uses a hose to do so. In the former, SpongeBob used many methods like offering a free dollar, Boomerang Pet Ball, etc.

In many episodes, it has been indicated that Gary has great intelligence. In "The Secret Box," Gary responds to SpongeBob's question with "Meow-no." SpongeBob does not think much of it and replies "Aww, what do you know? You're a snail!" SpongeBob does not recognize it as special, perhaps meaning that it was not the first time that Gary spoke. In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the Bikini Bottomites are chanting "All hail Plankton," while Gary monotonously chants "Meow, Plankton."

In "Jellyfish Hunter," it is revealed that he pays the electric bill. His intelligence is further proven in "Sleepy Time," where Gary speaks in his dream and sounds very old and wise.

In "Chatterbox Gary," it is revealed that he has a large vocabulary and can understand the other characters.

Talents and abilities

As seen in "Gary Takes a Bath," Gary can levitate and teleport, possibly meaning that psychic powers run in the Star family, as Patrick has psychic abilities. 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). He had an extensive library, which is a possible metaphor for intelligence. This is not true in early episodes, where Gary acted no more mature than a real animal, but this could perhaps be a plot device initially seeking to mollify the viewer with the basic description and behavioral traits of a simple house cat only later going on to disclose a wealth of rich cultural and intellectual traits.

Gary plays a minor role in the episode "Atlantis SquarePantis;" where he appears wearing a party hat and blowing on a paper horn, throwing a party while SpongeBob is gone. 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-focused episodes

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

  • "I Was a Teenage Gary": Gary is the main character in the beginning and middle of this episode. In the end, it is mainly focused on SpongeBob.
  • "Dumped": Gary runs away from home to be with Patrick Star 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 was 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 was 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 to keep Gary busy 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.


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. His role in The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, the third SpongeBob movie, is to be announced.
  • In "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, most likely because he is only a pet.
  • 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 the former hates taking baths.
  • It is revealed in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water that Gary hates mayo.
  • 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."
  • According to "Gary Takes a Bath," "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve," and "Pet Sitter Pat," Gary can read because in the former, he is seen reading the newspaper, and in the second of the three, he is seen reading a book called Snail Jokes. He also reads a book called Snail Tails to Patrick at the end of the latter, although due to Gary's lack of English, Patrick could not understand him.
  • 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 the pilot episode "Help Wanted," Gary's pupils are small red dots and his meow was much squeakier.
  • In "The Way of the Sponge," when SpongeBob leaves, Gary's meow sounds like he's saying 'farewell'.
  • In "Plankton's Pet," SpongeBob reveals he adopted Gary at an animal shelter. "Treats!" supports this, but "Have You Seen This Snail?" contradicts the continuity.
  • 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."



  1. ^ a b Rule of Dumb
  2. ^ "Help Wanted." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. May 1, 1999. Television.
  3. ^ "Treats!." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  4. ^ "Rule of Dumb." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.

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