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

Shorts

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

Movies

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

Video games

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

References

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