|name = Garald "Gary" Betram the Snail II|image = Gary |Gender = Male |Color = Orange/Peach-Pink Shell, Blue Body |Eye Color = Red/Aqua green, some blue |Height = Three fifths of SpongeBob's height |Weight = Three fifths of SpongeBob's weight, although fat in Have You Seen This Snail? |Address = 124 Conch Street,
Bikini Bottom,
Pacific Ocean |Aliases = Gare, The Garebear, Mrs. Tuffsy |Family = Sluggo (Father) Herb Star (Uncle) Margie Star (Aunt) Patrick (Cousin) Unknown Uncle Ed Star (Cousin) Billy Bob and Maw Titter (Grandparents) Shriek and Princess Tulsa (Great Grandparents) Prince Callows, Carl, Prince Dingus (Great Granduncles) King Amoeba and Queen Mildrew (Great Great Grandparents) Prehistoric Gary (Ancestor) Lenny the Leech (Ancestor) Primitive Patrick (Ancestor) Patar (Ancestor) Patron (Decendent) Pecos Patrick (Ancestor) Birthday July 9 |Friends = SpongeBob SquarePants
Snellie, Patrick Star Lary |Enemies = Plankton, Squidward, Puffy Fluffy Mrs. Wormsly Smelly |Interests = Books, poetry, cookies |First appearance = Help Wanted |Portrayer = Tom Kenny }} Gary the Snail is a character in the Nickelodeon animated TV show SpongeBob SquarePants,which first aired on May 1, 1999 (officially premiered on July 17, 1999). In the television series, Gary is SpongeBob's loyal pet, although his behavior in several aspects resembles a snail. As revealed in "Rule of Dumb", Gary is the rightful king of Bikini Bottom and is related to Patrick. Gary is shown to be very bored and massivly cheeky, although, being a pet, he lacks the communication skills to convey this. In Gary's dream in "Sleepy Time", he is able to talk, has a humanoid body, and resides in a massive librairy.

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Gary and Spongebob seen in Truth or Square

Early life

Gary B. Snail was born to Sluggo the Snail, and a descendant of King Amoeba. Information regarding Gary's early life is limited to that he lived with SpongeBob while the latter lived in his parents house, which is implied in "Home Sweet Pineapple." Also, young SpongeBob and young Gary are featured in SpongeBob's scrapbook in the episode "Have You Seen This Snail?"

In the episode "Rule of Dumb," it is revealed that Gary is the rightful king of Bikini Bottom and Patrick's cousin, although interestingly snails and starfish are very far off from each other on the evolutionary line; in contrast, a chicken has more in common with a human.


Since SpongeBob was a little boy, 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.

In "Have You Seen This Snail?" Gary runs away from Spongebob when he fails to feed him because SpongeBob was addicted to the official Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Paddle Ball Set. Gary wanders aimlessly in search of a home, venturing into the dangerous inner city, until he is found by an elderly woman who pampers and overfeeds him, and renames him Ms. Tuffsy. However, he eventually discovers her horrible secret: she is a snail killer! Gary narrowly escapes from her, and upon learning of Spongebob's desperate efforts to find him, realizes that Spongebob does indeed love him and has learned the error of his ways, and goes back to him.

Gary speaks mostly with cat-like meowing, although Spongebob is shown to understand what Gary is saying. Gary has only been heard speaking English three times: Once in "Sleepy Time" in his own dream, once in "The Secret Box" where he says "Err...No.". The third time was in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, when Gary is under the control of Plankton's mind-controlling bucket helmets, he chants "Meow Plankton."


Gary, even more mature than Squidward Tentacles, is a young intelligent snail interested in books, reading and other educational stuff.

"Holiday Spirit"

In Opposite Day according to Spongebob Gary had a low Holiday Spirit, so he barked instead of meowed, and also barks in few other episodes



Gary has a blue body and green-yellow slime and eye stalks, big green eyes, red and black eye balls, and a purple 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, which he has said to have a New Years Eve party.


  • Gary has been shown to be able to levitate, teleport, play a violin and tie his shoe(s).
  • SpongeBob readily admits, on several accounts like in Jellyfish Hunter, that Gary pays most of his bills.
  • Spongebob has been shown on numerous occasions to frequently fail to feed Gary, including "Clams", "Have You Seen This Snail?", "Doing Time" and "I Was a Teenage Gary".
  • The picture to the left shows that Patrick and Gary are first cousins.
  • In The Great Snail Race, it's revealed that Gary isn't a purebred snail. This is probably do to the fact that his father was a leech.
  • It says that Gary is in the family of Patrick, not Spongebob.
  • It would not make any sence if Gary's full name is Garald "Gary" Betram the Snail II, when his dad's name is Sluggo and no one else in his family's name is Garald Bertram.


  • Meow
  • Beware of your wondering eye, you little poriferan!

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