Appearances

Gary was not originally a main character. Stephen Hillenburg created Gary as a background joke; he thought it would be funny if SpongeBob's "pets" were a singing clam named Shelley and a meowing snail named Gary. He included these ideas in his series bible, not as major characters, but as "things in SpongeBob's house." As the first season went into production, the writing team found much more use for Gary than they did for Shelley. Nickelodeon's marketing team also found that Gary "emerged as an unsung hero" in terms of popularity with kids.

For season 2, Gary was promoted to the show's main character sheet.[1] He was the first new main character to be promoted, but he would not be the last; Plankton and Karen were added later. Since his promotion, Gary has appeared in numerous episodes. The vast majority of his roles are background cameos, but he has had a number of significant roles, such as "Have You Seen This Snail?" The third theatrical movie is set to feature him as a major plot element.

Episodes

Image # Title Role in episode
Season 1
Help Wanted 012.png
1a
"Help Wanted" (trga) Cameo
Plankton! 110.jpg
3b
"Plankton!" (trga) Cameo
Naughty Nautical Neighbors 079.png
4a
"Naughty Nautical Neighbors" (trga) Cameo
Boating School 060.png
4b
"Boating School" (trga) Minor
Home Sweet Pineapple 016.png
5b
"Home Sweet Pineapple" (trga) Supporting
Pickles 087.png
6b
"Pickles" (trga) Cameo
Jellyfish Jam 078.png
7b
"Jellyfish Jam" (trga) Minor
Sandy's Rocket 118.png
8a
"Sandy's Rocket" (trga) Cameo
Squeaky Boots 122.png
8b
"Squeaky Boots" (trga) Cameo
Nature Pants 127 (1999).png
9a
"Nature Pants" (trga) Cameo
Opposite Day 069.png
9b
"Opposite Day" (trga) Minor
Culture Shock 096.png
10a
"Culture Shock" (trga) Minor
MuscleBob BuffPants 069.png
11a
"MuscleBob BuffPants" (trga) Cameo
The Chaperone 045.png
12a
"The Chaperone" (trga) Minor
Employee of the Month 134.png
12b
"Employee of the Month" (trga) Cameo
Scaredy Pants 050.png
13a
"Scaredy Pants" (trga) Cameo
I Was a Teenage Gary 073.png
13b
"I Was a Teenage Gary" (trga) Major
Sleepy Time 032.png
15a
"Sleepy Time" (trga) Minor
Suds 012.png
15b
"Suds" (trga) Minor
The Paper 184.png
16b
"The Paper" (trga) Minor
N/A
17b
"Rock Bottom" (trga) Mentioned
Fools in April 006.png
19a
"Fools in April" (trga) Minor
N/A
20a
"Hooky" (trga) Cameo (voice)
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II 027.png
20b
"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II" (trga) Cameo
Season 2
Your Shoe's Untied 007.jpg
21a
"Your Shoe's Untied" (trga) Supporting
Something Smells 029.png
22a
"Something Smells" (trga) Minor
Bossy Boots 200.png
22b
"Bossy Boots" (trga) Cameo
Big Pink Loser 010.jpg
23a
"Big Pink Loser" (trga) Cameo
N/A
24a
"Dying for Pie" (trga) Mentioned
Grandma's Kisses 068.jpg
26a
"Grandma's Kisses" (trga) Cameo
Prehibernation Week 042.png
27a
"Prehibernation Week" (trga) Cameo
N/A
27b
"Life of Crime" (trga) Mentioned
Christmas Who 168.png
28
"Christmas Who?" (trga) Cameo
Dumped 115.jpg
29b
"Dumped" (trga) Major
The Smoking Peanut 060.png
32b
"The Smoking Peanut" (trga) Cameo
Gary Takes a Bath 023.png
33b
"Gary Takes a Bath" (trga) Major
Frankendoodle 143.png
34b
"Frankendoodle" (trga) Cameo
The Secret Box 103.png
35a
"The Secret Box" (trga) Cameo
Procrastination 035.png
37a
"Procrastination" (trga) Minor
I'm with Stupid 064.png
37b
"I'm with Stupid" (trga) Cameo
Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm 009.png
40b
"Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm" (trga) Cameo
Season 3
The Bully 133.png
43b
"The Bully" (trga) Cameo
Idiot Box 187.png
44b
"Idiot Box" (trga) Cameo
N/A
45a
"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV" (trga) Cameo
N/A
45b
"Doing Time" (trga) Mentioned
Snowball Effect 019.png
46a
"Snowball Effect" (trga) Cameo
As Seen on TV 059.png
47a
"As Seen on TV" (trga) Cameo
Can You Spare a Dime 114.png
47b
"Can You Spare a Dime?" (trga) Minor
Krab Borg 011.png
49a
"Krab Borg" (trga) Cameo
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 009.png
49b
"Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" (trga) Cameo
Party Pooper Pants 152.png
51
"Party Pooper Pants" (trga) Minor
New Student Starfish 017.png
53a
"New Student Starfish" (trga) Cameo
Clams 130.jpg
53b
"Clams" (trga) Cameo
The Great Snail Race 130.jpg
55a
"The Great Snail Race" (trga) Major
I Had an Accident 185.jpg
56b
"I Had an Accident" (trga) Cameo
Krabby Land 004.png
57a
"Krabby Land" (trga) Cameo
Missing Identity 025.png
58a
"Missing Identity" (trga) Minor
The Sponge Who Could Fly 218.png
59
"The Sponge Who Could Fly" (trga) Minor
SpongeBob Meets the Strangler 153.png
60a
"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" (trga) Minor
Season 4
Fear of a Krabby Patty 100.jpg
61a
"Fear of a Krabby Patty" (trga) Name
Have You Seen This Snail 064.png
63
"Have You Seen This Snail?" (trga) Major
Ghost Host 019.jpg
70b
"Ghost Host" (trga) Minor
Karate Island 005.jpg
71b
"Karate Island" (trga) Cameo
All That Glitters 090.png
72a
"All That Glitters" (trga) Cameo
Once Bitten 016.jpg
73b
"Once Bitten" (trga) Major
Bummer Vacation 049.png
74a
"Bummer Vacation" (trga) Minor
Squidtastic Voyage 002.jpg
75a
"Squidtastic Voyage" (trga) Cameo
The Thing 052a.jpg
76a
"The Thing" (trga) Minor
Hocus Pocus 009.png
76b
"Hocus Pocus" (trga) Cameo
Driven to Tears 090.png
77a
"Driven to Tears" (trga) Minor
Rule of Dumb 200.png
77b
"Rule of Dumb" (trga) Minor
The Pink Purloiner 022.jpg
79a
"The Pink Purloiner" (trga) Minor
Best Day Ever 014.png
80a
"Best Day Ever" (trga) Cameo
The Gift of Gum 064.png
80b
"The Gift of Gum" (trga) Cameo
Season 5
Night Light 041.png
82b
"Night Light" (trga) Cameo
Rise and Shine 007.png
83a
"Rise and Shine" (trga) Cameo
Waiting 005.png
83b
"Waiting" (trga) Minor
Fungus Among Us 014.png
83c
"Fungus Among Us" (trga) Major
New Digs 017.png
85a
"New Digs" (trga) Minor
Krabs à la Mode 105.png
85b
"Krabs à la Mode" (trga) Minor
To Love a Patty 051.png
87a
"To Love a Patty" (trga) Cameo
Sing a Song of Patrick 059.png
89b
"Sing a Song of Patrick" (trga) Minor
Atlantis SquarePantis 591.png
92
"Atlantis SquarePantis" (trga) Cameo
Picture Day 007.png
93a
"Picture Day" (trga) Cameo
BlackJack 003.jpg
93c
"BlackJack" (trga) Cameo
Blackened Sponge 028.png
94a
"Blackened Sponge" (trga) Cameo
What Ever Happened to SpongeBob 133.png
98
"What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" (trga) Minor
Banned in Bikini Bottom 143.png
100a
"Banned in Bikini Bottom" (trga) Minor
Season 6
Penny Foolish 273.jpg
102a
"Penny Foolish" (trga) Minor
Nautical Novice 034.jpg
102b
"Nautical Novice" (trga) Minor
Giant Squidward 052.png
107a
"Giant Squidward" (trga) Cameo
Patty Caper 136.png
108a
"Patty Caper" (trga) Cameo
Boating Buddies 004.png
109a
"Boating Buddies" (trga) Cameo
The Slumber Party 052.png
110a
"The Slumber Party" (trga) Cameo
Grooming Gary 106.png
110b
"Grooming Gary" (trga) Major
SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One 408.png
111
"SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One" (trga) Cameo
Porous Pockets 188.png
112a
"Porous Pockets" (trga) Cameo
Squid's Visit 250.jpg
116a
"Squid's Visit" (trga) Cameo
To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants 025.png
116b
"To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants" (trga) Minor
Pet or Pests (49).png
118a
"Pet or Pests" (trga) Major
Overbooked 015.png
119b
"Overbooked" (trga) Cameo
Shell Shocked 179.png
121b
"Shell Shocked" (trga) Major
Truth or Square 022.png
123-124
"Truth or Square" (trga) Minor
Pineapple Fever 153.png
125a
"Pineapple Fever" (trga) Cameo
Season 7
Tentacle-Vision 065.png
127a
"Tentacle-Vision" (trga) Cameo
Model Sponge 044.jpg
130b
"Model Sponge" (trga) Minor
A Pal for Gary 189.png
131b
"A Pal for Gary" (trga) Major
Yours, Mine and Mine 111.png
132a
"Yours, Mine and Mine" (trga) Cameo
A Day Without Tears 107.jpg
136a
"A Day Without Tears" (trga) Cameo
Gary in Love 031.jpg
137b
"Gary in Love" (trga) Major
Rodeo Daze 167.jpg
138b
"Rodeo Daze" (trga) Minor
The Cent of Money 083.jpg
139b
"The Cent of Money" (trga) Major
The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom 055.png
140a
"The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom" (trga) Minor
Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle 008.png
140b
"Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle" (trga) Minor
N/A
142a
"Trenchbillies" (trga) Indirectly mentioned
N/A
142b
"Sponge-Cano!" (trga) Cameo
That Sinking Feeling 105.png
144a
"That Sinking Feeling" (trga) Cameo
Karate Star 006.png
144b
"Karate Star" (trga) Minor
Enchanted Tiki Dreams 100.png
145b
"Enchanted Tiki Dreams" (trga) Minor
The Abrasive Side 085.jpg
146a
"The Abrasive Side" (trga) Minor
Earworm 055.png
146b
"Earworm" (trga) Minor
Shellback Shenanigans 057.png
147b
"Shellback Shenanigans" (trga) Major
Whelk Attack 062.png
148b
"Whelk Attack" (trga) Cameo
You Don't Know Sponge 127.png
149a
"You Don't Know Sponge" (trga) Cameo
Season 8
A Friendly Game 197.png
155a
"A Friendly Game" (trga) Minor
Sentimental Sponge 010.png
155b
"Sentimental Sponge" (trga) Minor
Frozen Face-Off 140.png
156
"Frozen Face-Off" (trga) Supporting
Ghoul Fools 085.jpg
162
"Ghoul Fools" (trga) Cameo
Mermaid Man Begins 016.jpg
163a
"Mermaid Man Begins" (trga) Cameo
Pet Sitter Pat 022.jpg
164b
"Pet Sitter Pat" (trga) Major
House Sittin' for Sandy 020.jpg
165a
"House Sittin' for Sandy" (trga) Minor
The Way of the Sponge 089.png
166b
"The Way of the Sponge" (trga) Cameo
The Krabby Patty That Ate Bikini Bottom 146.jpg
167a
"The Krabby Patty That Ate Bikini Bottom" (trga) Minor
Bubble Buddy Returns 033.jpg
167b
"Bubble Buddy Returns" (trga) Cameo
Fiasco! 168.png
168b
"Fiasco!" (trga) Minor
Are You Happy Now 111.jpg
169a
"Are You Happy Now?" (trga) Minor
Planet of the Jellyfish 036.jpg
169b
"Planet of the Jellyfish" (trga) Minor
Home Sweet Rubble 024.png
170b
"Home Sweet Rubble" (trga) Major
InSPONGEiac 040.jpg
171b
"InSPONGEiac" (trga) Cameo
Glove World R.I.P. 002.png
172b
"Glove World R.I.P." (trga) Cameo
Treats! 039.png
174a
"Treats!" (trga) Major
It's a SpongeBob Christmas! 027.png
175
"It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" (trga) Cameo
Chum Fricassee 007.jpg
176b
"Chum Fricassee" (trga) Cameo
N/A
177b
"Move It or Lose It" (trga) Mentioned
N/A
178
"Hello Bikini Bottom!" (trga) Mentioned
Season 9
Squirrel Record 171.png
179b
"Squirrel Record" (trga) Cameo
Patrick-Man! 002.png
180a
"Patrick-Man!" (trga) Cameo
Gary's New Toy 104.png
180b
"Gary's New Toy" (trga) Major
Squid Baby 102.png
181b
"Squid Baby" (trga) Cameo
Little Yellow Book 047.png
182a
"Little Yellow Book" (trga) Cameo
Bumper to Bumper 057.png
182b
"Bumper to Bumper" (trga) Minor
Squid Defense 029.png
183b
"Squid Defense" (trga) Minor
Evil Spatula 152.png
184b
"Evil Spatula" (trga) Minor
Don't Look Now 200.png
187a
"Don't Look Now" (trga) Minor
SpongeBob You're Fired 120.png
189
"SpongeBob You're Fired" (trga) Minor
Tutor Sauce 165.png
190b
"Tutor Sauce" (trga) Minor
Sanctuary! 006.png
193a
"Sanctuary!" (trga) Major
Larry's Gym 067.png
195b
"Larry's Gym" (trga) Cameo
The Fish Bowl 186.png
196a
"The Fish Bowl" (trga) Minor
Two Thumbs Down 006.png
197b
"Two Thumbs Down" (trga) Cameo
Sold! 019.png
199a
"Sold!" (trga) Cameo
Lame and Fortune 026.png
199b
"Lame and Fortune" (trga) Minor
Snail Mail 053.png
202b
"Snail Mail" (trga) Minor
Pineapple Invasion 104.png
203a
"Pineapple Invasion" (trga) Major
Season 10
Whirly Brains 005.png
205a
"Whirly Brains" (trga) Cameo
Unreal Estate 060.png
206a
"Unreal Estate" (trga) Minor
Mimic Madness 045.png
207a
"Mimic Madness" (trga) Likeness only; imitated by SpongeBob
House Worming 020.png
207b
"House Worming" (trga) Major
Snooze You Lose 038.png
208a
"Snooze You Lose" (trga) Minor
SpongeBob's Place 045.png
209a
"SpongeBob's Place" (trga) Supporting
Plankton Gets the Boot 080.png
209b
"Plankton Gets the Boot" (trga) Cameo
Life Insurance 006.png
210a
"Life Insurance" (trga) Minor
Burst Your Bubble 060.png
210b
"Burst Your Bubble" (trga) Minor
Sportz 023.png
212b
"Sportz?" (trga) Cameo
N/A
213a
"The Getaway" (trga) Mentioned
Season 11
Cave Dwelling Sponge 043.png
216a
"Cave Dwelling Sponge" (trga) Minor
The Clam Whisperer 170.png
216b
"The Clam Whisperer" (trga) Cameo
Spin the Bottle 034.png
218a
"Spin the Bottle" (trga) Minor
The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom 371.png
220
"The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom" (trga) Minor
No Pictures Please 061.png
221a
"No Pictures Please" (trga) Minor
Bunny Hunt 106.png
223b
"Bunny Hunt" (trga) Minor
Scavenger Pants 180.png
224b
"Scavenger Pants" (trga) Cameo
Cuddle E. Hugs 068.png
225a
"Cuddle E. Hugs" (trga) Supporting
Pat the Horse 028.png
225b
"Pat the Horse" (trga) Cameo
Chatterbox Gary 063.png
226a
"Chatterbox Gary" (trga) Major
Drive Happy 099.png
227a
"Drive Happy" (trga) Cameo
N/A
229a
"Doodle Dimension" (trga) Mentioned
High Sea Diving 010.png
230a
"High Sea Diving" (trga) Minor
Library Cards 126.png
235b
"Library Cards" (trga) Supporting
Appointment TV 130.png
238a
"Appointment TV" (trga) Minor
Season 12
Gary & Spot 063.png
242b
"Gary & Spot" (trga) Major
Pineapple RV 123.png
244b
"Pineapple RV" (trga) Minor
Gary's Got Legs 061.png
245a
"Gary's Got Legs" (trga) Major
N/A
245b
"King Plankton" (trga) Mentioned
Plankton's Old Chum 063.png
246a
"Plankton's Old Chum" (trga) Minor
Stormy Weather 065.png
246b
"Stormy Weather" (trga) Cameo
Swamp Mates 003.png
247a
"Swamp Mates" (trga) Minor
One Trick Sponge 011.png
247b
"One Trick Sponge" (trga) Minor
Insecurity Guards 087.png
249b
"Insecurity Guards" (trga) Mentioned and likeness
Broken Alarm 027.png
250a
"Broken Alarm" (trga) Minor
SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout 038.png
254-255
"SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout" (trga) Minor
SpongeBob's Bad Habit 064.png
256b
"SpongeBob's Bad Habit" (trga) Cameo
N/A
266
"Escape from Beneath Glove World" (trga) Mentioned
N/A
267b
"Dream Hoppers" (trga) Minor
Season 13
A Place for Pets 169.png
268a
"A Place for Pets" (trga) Cameo; he is shown in SpongeBob's house during the song "Pets Are People Too."

Shorts

#
Title Role(s) in episode
"Pie" (trga) Cameo
"What if SpongeBob Was Gone? (Gary)" (trga) Major
"Balloons" (trga) Cameo
"The Outfit" (trga) Supporting
"Bike Safety Tips" (trga) Cameo

Movies

#
Title Role(s) in episode
F1
"The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" (trga) Minor
F2
"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" (trga) Minor
F3
"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" (trga) Major

Video games

Image # Title Role in episode
PC and console games
N/A
"Legend of the Lost Spatula" (trga) Appears on Conch Street
N/A
"Operation Krabby Patty" (trga) Supporting; player must rescue him from Plankton
N/A
"SuperSponge" (trga) Cameo
N/A
"Employee of the Month (video game)" (trga) Appears at SpongeBob's house
N/A
"Revenge of the Flying Dutchman" (trga) Appears in opening cutscenes and story
Gary-spongebob-squarepants-battle-for-bikini-bottom-6.37.jpg
"Battle for Bikini Bottom" (trga) Appears in various levels
Playable on the PC version for some minigames
N/A
"SpongeBob SquarePants Typing" (trga) Appears in menus and on box art
N/A
"The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (video game)" (trga) Mentioned
N/A
"Lights, Camera, Pants!" (trga) Appears as an actor
N/A
"The Yellow Avenger" (trga) Appears at SpongeBob's house
N/A
"Nighty Nightmare" (trga) Appears in SpongeBob's dream and nightmare levels
N/A
"Creature from the Krusty Krab" (trga) Appears in Diesel Dreaming and all three endings
N/A
"Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition" (trga) Cameo in SpongeBob's house
N/A
"SpongeBob's Truth or Square" (trga) Appears in SpongeBob's house
N/A
"SpongeBob SquigglePants" (trga) Appears in various nanogames
N/A
"SpongeBob SquarePants Tooncast Studio" (trga) Appears as a sprite
Gary Rehydrated Jellyfish Rock.png
"Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated" (trga) Appears in various levels
Playable in horde mode
Mobile apps
N/A
"SpongeBob Moves In!" (trga) Appears in several quests
N/A
"SpongeBob's Game Frenzy" (trga) Playable in minigames
N/A
"SpongeBob Game Station" (trga) Appears in Sponge Run minigame

References

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