Larry the Lobster is a muscular vascular red Cod lobster who is a common patron and lifeguard of Bikini Bottom's popular beach, Goo Lagoon. He is a relatively major character but with lesser appearances, who is usually seen interacting with Sandy, SpongeBob, or other characters in the series. He is voiced by Doug Lawrence. Larry first appeared in the episode "Ripped Pants". Although he appears in many episodes, Larry is known for his inconsistent appearances, as he didn't appear as much as the major characters, but once he appears usually he is a major character.
Larry is a bodybuilder and is often seen competing or working out with other people. He is always seen in his swim trunks, even when not at the beach, similar to Patrick. He regularly goes to Bikini Bottom's beach, The Goo Lagoon, and works as a lifeguard there, as seen most notably in "SpongeGuard on Duty". Larry is one of the strongest creatures in Bikini Bottom, possibly second only to Sandy Cheeks, of whom he is a good friend. Larry is very popular and is idolized by many other beachgoers. In "Band Geeks", it is stated that Larry's heart once gave out from too many tanning pills, and in "Roller Cowards" he is revealed to have a bad armpit odor that is caused by adrenaline. Larry has also run for Bikini Bottom president against Patrick Star. His campaign slogan is "Do you want a president that does not drool when he thinks? Vote for Larry!" Despite this, he lost to Patrick by about 90% of the votes. Larry's implied parents appear in "SpongeGuard on Duty". However, they are not lobsters; they are generic "old person" character models. Larry kicks his own parents off of the beach for being too "old and unsightly", in an ironically polite manner.
He is a popular individual who gets all the babes and is considered an awesome lobster by everyone; he also takes pride in being a lifeguard, knowing that he is the only thing separating the bottomites from a watery grave. He was angry in "Bubble Buddy", and "A Life in a Day", for a good reason. He even kicked out his own parents for being old, but so politely they did not take offense to it. Despite his muscular physique, he is somewhat of a coward, as shown in A Life in a Day.
While Larry is strong, polite and friends with SpongeBob, he is sometimes a little full of himself. This is seen when he completely ignores the Flying Dutchman, instead ranting about his body. There is also a part of the song in "Ripped Pants (song)" when the lyrics were "when big Larry came 'round just to put him down". Earlier in the episode he also acknowledged SpongeBob as something of an underling, similar to Squidward. However, Larry has grown into a good friend of SpongeBob.
He can also be very extreme in sports sometimes, and when Patrick and SpongeBob landed in Ripper's Reef, Larry got very angry at SpongeBob.
Larry's first real interaction with SpongeBob was in SpongeGuard on Duty, and was pretty impressed when he saw the drop of ice cream on his nose, (thinking it was sun tan lotion, or as it is referred to as, "white stuff" Larry seems to interact well with SpongeBob, talking to him when he's around and and creating small talk with him quite often, as he asked him to help him spread suntan lotion on himself in The Abrasive Side, and complimenting him in Pets or Pests.
Larry and Patrick have had little interaction, and therefore, have an average relationship.
Larry gets along pretty well with Sandy, since they are both into sports and both are very athletic, In Ripped Pants, he invited Sandy and SpongeBob for weight lifting, and they both impressed each other with their skills. Also, in MuscleBob Buffpants, he and Sandy both participate in the Anchor Toss.
SpongeGuard on Duty
- "You know, SpongeBob, the babes in the big chair are great, but the best part is knowing that you're the only one standing between these good people and a watery grave. That's what it's all about. Their lives are in your hands now, 'cause I have a date with the tanning booth. So long."