Gary the Snail
General Information
Gender: Male
Color: Pink shell, blue body
Eye Color: Red/aqua green, some blue
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Aliases: Gare, Gare-Bear, Mrs. Tuffsy
Family & Friends
Family: *Sluggo the Leech (father)
  • Herb Star (uncle)
  • Margie Star (aunt)
  • Patrick Star (cousin)
  • Ed Star (cousin)
  • Billy Bob and Maw Titter (grandparents)
  • Shriek and Princess Tulsa (great grand-aunts)
  • Prince Callows, Carl, Prince Dingus (great grand-uncles)
  • King Amoeba and Queen Mildrew (great-great-grandparents)
  • Prehistoric Gary (ancestor)
  • Primitive Patrick (ancestor)
  • Patar (ancestor)
  • Patron (decendent)
  • Pecos Patrick (ancestor)
Friends: SpongeBob SquarePants
Patrick Star
Sandy Cheeks
Enemies: Sheldon J. Plankton, Squidward Tentacles, Puffy Fluffy, Mrs. Wormsley, Smelly, Chip, Cute Sponge Krab
Other Informations
Interests: Books, education, poetry, cookies
Education: None
Awards: None
Series Information
First appearance: "Help Wanted" (SpongeBob)
None (SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip)
Portrayer: Tom Kenny
List of characters

Gary the Snail is a character in the Nickelodeon series, SpongeBob SquarePants and is the pet of SpongeBob. He is known to love books and other educational things. He also hates taking baths.

In the television series, Gary is SpongeBob's loyal pet, although his behavior in several aspects resembles a snail. Gary is the rightful king of Bikini Bottom and is related to Patrick. Gary is shown to be very bored and massively cheeky, although, being a pet, he lacks the communication skills to convey this.

Gary does not appear at all in SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip, though is a main character in the original SpongeBob SquarePants series. Gary is considered a main SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip character as he does appear in episodes on the "SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip" DVD, which is related to the series.


Gary has a blue body and green-yellow slime and eye stalks, big green eyes, red irises and black pupils, and a orange/pink-peach shell with purple spots and red swirl and a large tumor in his lower stomach area. He has what looks like to be a room under his shell, in which he has said to have had a New Years Eve party.

Early lifeEdit

Information regarding Gary's early life is limited to that he lived with SpongeBob while the latter lived in his parents' house. Also, younger SpongeBob and young Gary are featured in SpongeBob's scrapbook in a SpongeBob episode.



Since SpongeBob was littler, he has taken the ownership of Gary. Gary is an intelligent, fully domesticated snail. His intelligence shines through in the fact that he has more intelligent solutions to SpongeBob's dilemmas than SpongeBob himself. Gary tends to disagree with some of SpongeBob's ideas, and usually makes an effort to warn him. Gary is generally shown to find SpongeBob oblivious, ignorant and annoying, yet still willingly tolerates him (probably due to the fact that SpongeBob takes care of him), and in many episodes, it is shown that he cares a lot about SpongeBob.

Gary speaks mostly with cat-like meowing (except on one occasion, where he roared instead of meowing), although SpongeBob is shown to understand what Gary is saying, which is shown to be a very rare trait in the show, in comparison to the other main characters.